Bollywood actor Jiah Khan, who worked in films like Nishabd, Ghajini and Housefull has allegedly committed suicide by hanging herself at her residence. Jiah was brought up in England and had shifted to Mumbai with her mother Rabiya recently.
This ‘yet again’ highlights the pressure, frustration and despair that come as a part and parcel of the glamour life. What starts with starry-eyed glitz ends up to hopelessness which several celebrities have succumbed to.
We list down some celebrities who took this extreme step to end their life.
Popular fashion model Viveka Babajee, who shot to fame with the Kamasutra condom advertisement in the 1990s, committed suicide in her Bandra flat on the night of June 25, 2010. Her body was found hanging from the ceiling fan in the hall. Apparently different reasons are being cited for her suicide from breakdown in professional career, failed love relationship to financial losses.
The actress who became the sex symbol of Hollywood was found dead at the age of 36 in her Los Angeles home early on the morning of August 5. Like many famous celebrities, ‘overdose of pills’ was claimed as the reason for her sudden death.
Monroe’s “acute barbiturate poisoning” was listed as a “probable suicide,” but many people believe that it was an accidental overdose or even a murder. The mystery surrounding her death continues to haunt her fans…
British actress Lucy Gordon, who portrayed reporter Jennifer Dugan in “Spiderman 3”, committed suicide just two days before her 29th birthday. Lucy left two suicide notes before hanging herself in the Paris flat she shared with her cinematographer boyfriend, Almeras. Reportedly the couple had a tiff a night before and Almeras woke up to the scene of horror in morning.
South sex-symbol Silk Smitha was found dead on the morning of September 23 in her home in Saligramam near Chennai, hanging by a rope from the ceiling fan in her bedroom. In a suicide note that she had written in Telugu, she claimed that continual failure in life had led to frustration and made her take this drastic step. Vidya Balan’s The Dirty Picture was loosely based on the life of Silk Smitha.
The tragic end of the 19-year old Divya Bharti, who had fallen from the window of her fifth floor apartment around midnight on 5th April, 1993 still stays as one of the most shocking deaths ever. Whether the promising actress (who had risen within a short period and was expected to reach the top in the coming years of Indian Bollywood) committed suicide or met an accidental death still remains a mystery.
Popular model and television actress Kuljeet Randhawa who appeared in several serials like Special Squad, Hip Hip Hurray and CATS hanged herself at her Juhu apartment on February 8, 2006. She had clearly stated that she couldn’t cope with pressures of life in her suicide note. Her supposed boyfriend and costar from the serial Special Squad, Bhanu Uday was questioned by the police for his involvement.
Kuljeet Randhawa’s friend and costar from the tele-series CATS, Nafisa Joseph hanged herself in her Mumbai apartment a couple of years earlier. Nafisa who was also a VJ was to marry businessman Gautam Khanduja but it was called off after she learnt that he was already married. He had told her that he had been divorced for two years.
11 year old girl Neha Sawant committed suicide on January 2, 2010. This Std VI student had been found hanging by a dupatta inside her house. Neha Sawant who excelled in folk and western dances participated in several TV dance reality shows, including Boogie Woogie.
Popular yesteryear actor filmmaker Guru Dutt’s death due to a lethal combination of sleeping pills in excessive liquor is still debated as suicide though his family maintains its was an accident. Guru Dutt was not on good terms with wife Geeta Dutt while Waheeda Rehman whom he was reportedly in love with had also distanced herself from him. Filmmaker Abrar Alvi who was conversing with Dutt on that night claims that he felt Guru Dutt was too dejected. The Times of India