Jiah Khan, a 25-year-old Bollywood actress, was found hanging in her Mumbai home on Monday. The actress was best known for her role in Indian psychological thriller Ghajini.
Police told the Times of India that the incident happened around 11pm on Monday night, and no suicide note have been found. Her body has been sent for post mortem examination, and her maid, watchman and neighbours are being questioned about her death.
Khan, who was born in New York as Nafisa Khan, was brought up in London before moving to Mumbai a few years ago. The daughter of Indian American Ali Rzvi Kahn and Rabiya Amin, a Hindi film actress, she started her film career in the 2007 film Nishabd opposite Bollywood star Amitabh Bachchan, who played a much older lover.
Her death has shocked the film industry, with fellow actress Dia Mirza posting on Twitter: "RIP Nafisa (Jiah) Khan. You were too young and beautiful…"
Bachchan also reacted online to the news: "WHAT ...!!! Jiah Khan? What has happened? Is this correct? Unbelievable!!!"
Other Bollywood industry members have been paying tribute to Khan online, posting photos and messages.
A source close to Khan told the Times of India that the actress had been "depressed for some time" but was "keen on returning to acting soon", arranging meetings with filmmakers. Khan's final film appearance was in the 2010 picture Housefull, a box office success although not one critically well received.
Rest in Peace. :'(
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