Even as there has been an outpouring of grief at the demise of Sushant Singh Rajput, a host of celebrities and common people express their anger at ‘insensitive’ social media for sharing disturbing pictures of the actor who died by hanging himself on June 14. Film director Ashoke Pandit fumed at people who shared photos of Sushant’s body.
Meanwhile, the autopsy of the actor is completed. According to police sources, “it is prima facie a case of death by suicide”.
Many co-stars were inconsolable. Sushant’s PR team requested fans to celebrate his life and work. “It pains us to share that Sushant Singh Rajput is no longer with us. We request his fans to keep him in their thoughts and celebrate his life, and his work like they have done so far. We request media to help us maintain privacy at this moment of grief,” they said in a statement.
In a tweet, Priyanka Chopra said: “I’m stunned. U must have been in so much pain. I hope u are at peace wherever u are my friend. Gone too soon.I’ll never forget our conversations about astrophysics at sunrise.Words cease to make sense. RIP Sushant. My condolences to the family & everyone grieving this huge loss.”
Sara Ali Khan, through her Instagram expressed the sorrow and shock without much words. Alia Bhatt, too, expressed her deep shock and said: “I’m in a deep state of shock. No matter how much I think about it, I don’t have the words. I’m totally devastated. You’ve left us too soon. You will be missed by each and every one of us. My deepest condolences to Sushant’s family, loved ones, and his fans.”
On Sunday, Sushant was found hanging in his Bandra apartment, sending shockwaves rippling through the Hindi film industry and elsewhere with many asking just that one question — why. He was 34.
Many suspect the cause of provocation for Sushant to end his life could be his former manager, 28-year-old Disha Salian’s death. She ended her life by jumping from a high rise building on June 9. “It’s such devastating news. My deepest condolences to Disha’s family and friends. May your soul rest in peace,” Sushant had said, mourning her death.
Back home in Patna, as crowds gathered outside Rajput’s father’s home, Laxmi, the caretaker, told mediapersons that the actor’s eldest sister who lives in Chandigarh would be flying in to accompany their father to Mumbai. “The last rites will be performed after his father and other family members arrive in Mumbai from Patna today,” his spokesperson said.
As news of the tragic death spread and condolences poured in, Prime Minister Narendra Modi described him as a bright young actor gone too soon.
“He excelled on TV and in films. His rise in the world of entertainment inspired many and he leaves behind several memorable performances. Shocked by his passing away. My thoughts are with his family and fans. Om Shanti,” the prime minister said on Twitter.