Bollywood In Shock — Kushal Punjabi Found Dead By Suicide Amid Family Separation

This is just so sad and confusing.

According to multiple outlets, Bollywood actor Kushal Punjabi was found dead by his own hand on Thursday night. He was just 42 years old.

The actor, who had been in films such as Lakshya, Kaal, and Salaam-E-Ishq (in which he co-starred with Priyanka Chopra), and on various TV serials, was known lately for his inspiring fitness posts on Instagram, in which he always seemed so cheerful and confident. But that was apparently hiding a deep depression.

Kushal was found by his parents. Per The Times of India, they had been trying to reach him for hours, and after he failed to respond to their calls they got worried and contacted his friends. Then around 11:30 p.m. they went to his apartment.

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Deputy Commissioner of Police (Zone IX) Paramjit Singh Dahiya told the outlet:

“They entered the flat using a duplicate key late night. They found him hanging. They then informed the police. A suicide note was found in which the actor held no one responsible. A case of suicide has been registered.”

His best friend Chetan Hansraj was with them as well; he told Pinkvilla:

“His parents called me up late at night and said that Kushal isn’t opening the door. We called the chaabi wala and when we opened the door, we found his body hung from the ceiling. We were all dead shocked and I still cannot believe that this has happened. We tried CPR but it was too late.”

How awful! Chetan said he knew his bestie was “a bit low” but “never thought he would take such a drastic measure.”

However, he was able to reveal something. Kushal’s marriage was dissolving. He and his wife, a foreign national named Audrey Dolhen, were married in 2015 and shared a 3-year-old son.

Chetan spilled to PTI:

“They were not separated (but) they were undergoing separation. He was living here while she was staying abroad with their son. I got to know about it just a few days ago. He was going through a depressed phase.”

Sounds like it was a sad situation.

However, as we know, obviously no one thing causes suicide. While Kushal was always energetic, positive, and smiling on the outside, clearly he was battling demons within.

See some of the thoughtful tributes his friends and fellow actors have posted (below):

So sad.

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.

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