By Cody Roark
Popular Bollywood star Kushal Punjabi, 42, was found dead in his Mumbai home by apparent suicide. The actor was found hanging inside his home in Pali Hill, Mumbai, Friday morning, around 2 a.m. by his parents. An accidental death report (ADR) was registered with the local police department.
A suicide note was found by police inside the actor’s apartment. The note that was presumed to be left by Punjabi was one and a half pages long. In the note, Punjabi requested that half of his assets and property be divided equally between both of his parents. He said for the other half to be given to his 3-year-old son, Kian. The note also mentions that no one should be held responsible for his death.
There is an investigation currently underway to look further into the apparent suicide. “His parents reached his building after he did not pick up their calls,” Vijay Lakshmi Hiremath, a senior police inspector for the Bandra police station, told reporters.
The last rites of Kushal Punjabi were held yesterday at 4 p.m. local time. Kushal’s friend, actor Karanvir Bohra took to Instagram to express his shock over the suicide. He said, “[Your] demise has shocked the hell out of me. I’m still in denial [Kushal Punjabi.] I know you are in a happier place, but this is unfathomable. The way you lead your life really inspired me in more ways than one. But what was I to know. Your zest for dancing, fitness, off-road biking, fatherhood and above all that, that smiling face of yours, your happy-go-lucky nature, your warmth, all that was such ingenuity. I’m gonna miss you so much. You will always be remembered. Sad [for] a guy who lived a full life.”
Punjabi leaves behind his European wife, whom he married back in 2015, his three-year-old son, Kian, and both of his parents. Punjabi was well known for popular Bollywood films including “Lakshya,” (2004), “Kaal,” (2005), and “Saleem-E-Ishq” (2007).
It’s always disappointing to hear of those who have lost their inner battles and taken their own lives .If you or someone you know is considering suicide, please contact the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255), text “STRENGTH” to the Crisis Text Line at 741-741 or go to suicidepreventionlifeline.org.