Death of 34-year-old Bollywood star Sushant Singh Rajput raises mental-health discussion and calls for inquiry

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      The death of a popular 34-year-old Bollywood star has shocked Indian film stars, fans, and industries.

      Sushant Singh Rajput was reported to have been found dead at his apartment in Mumbai on June 14.

      Mumbai police confirmed his death, which is undergoing an investigation.

      Bollywood stars such as Akshay Kumar, Anushka Sharma, and Nawazuddin Siddiqui expressed their condolences and disbelief on social media.


      Reports that Rajput is believed to have killed himself have raised discussion about mental health, including by Bollywood stars like Deepika Padukone.

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      However, other reports have arisen that politician Pappu Yadav and Rajput’s uncle and are calling upon the government to conduct an inquiry into Rajput’s death, as they suspect it could be a homicide case.

      Rajput began his career as a TV actor, on shows such as Kis Desh Mein Hai Meraa Dil and Pavitra Rishta, before making the leap to the big screen in 2013’s Kai Po Che!, director Abishek Kapoor’s film adaptation of Chetan Bhagat’s novel The 3 Mistakes of My Life.

      He went to star in PK, M.S. Dhoni: The Untold Story, Kedarnath, and Chhichhore.

      The week before his death, his former manager, 28-year-old Disha Salian, died after falling from a building in Mumbai.

      If you or someone you know is experiencing depressive or suicidal thoughts, some options for resources include talking to a health-care professional, such as a doctor, psychologist, or counsellor. If in crisis, contact 911 or go to a hospital immediately. 

      The Crisis Intervention and Suicide Prevention Centre of B.C. offers 24-hour phone and online distress services (as well as community education). The Crisis Line Association of B.C. (1-800-784-2433) provides 24-hour service for individuals across the province.

      Kids Help Phone (1-800-668-6868) is a national service for children and teenagers.