Puzzlement and shock about Sidharth Shukla's unexpected death, age 40

Mumbai in shock
Painful confirmation
Saddened and devastated
Friends and colleagues
What happened?
An unsuccessful transfer to the hospital
Prudence and respect requested
Shukla was a 'reserved person'
Television star
'Best Model of the World' in 2005
9 years at Colors TV
Asim Riaz
Kiara Advani
Parineeti Chopra
Ajay Devgn
Mumbai in shock

What happened? This can't be true - he was okay, in good health, right?  The questions pile up and all of them land on a harsh and complicated reality: Sidharth Shukla has lost his life at age 40 in his native Mumbai.

Painful confirmation

The channel 'Colors TV', where the Indian actor, presenter and model worked, confirmed the news. It also denied the rumours about his cause of death, which suggested a heart attack. Until the autopsy is complete, it will not be uncertain what exactly happened to Sidharth Shukla.

Saddened and devastated

“At Colors we are saddened and devastated by the sudden death of our family member, Sidharth Shukla. We will miss him a lot. His loss is irreparable for us and for the entire industry”, is the message that the Colors TV channel launched to confirm the news.

Friends and colleagues

Through social networks, Colors TV has been collecting messages that colleagues and friends of the channel have directed at Sidharth Shukla.

What happened?

The big question remains: what happened? How could a fit, athletic guy like Sidharth Shukla lose his life? After speaking with the Mumbai police, the Indian Express assured that the body did not show injuries or signs of violence. Still, in the moments after his transfer to the hospital, the cause of Shukla's death was yet to be determined.

An unsuccessful transfer to the hospital

In fact, the police opened an investigation into the actor's home, from which he was transferred to the Dr. RN Cooper Municipal Hospital in Mumbai (India). By the time he arrived at the hospital, CNN-News 18 reports, the actor was no longer alive.

"Severe chest pain"

It was ETimes India that first mentioned a heart attack as the cause of Sidharth Shukla's death. After consulting sources close to the family, the outlet reported that the actor had severe chest pain on the morning of Thursday, September 2.

Prudence and respect requested

Despite the suggestion of the heart attack, rumours and speculation have continued to accumulate in social media. In response, the actor's Public Relations team has rushed to release a statement asking for prudence and respect for the millions of fans of Sidharth Shukla .

"We are all equally shocked"

"You all know the shocking news and we too are shocked," the PR team wrote. "Now, we have a request to make of you. We ask that you respect and support us in these difficult times. We ask the media to draw a line and give family and loved ones space to cry. We are all suffering and we are all equally shocked."

Shukla was a 'reserved person'

The statement continued to recall that "Sidharth Shukla was a reserved person, so respect his privacy and that of his family." It ended with another request: "pray that his soul may rest in peace." Undoubtedly, a very hard statement to write and launch, but necessary due to the impact of what happened.

Television star

Sidharth Shukla was a star in India, where he had specialized in roles as a romantic hunk in drama series. However, what really made him known to a larger audience was his work in reality TV. He became a presenter for 'India's Got Talent 7' in 2016.

'Best Model of the World' in 2005

Before being a television celebrity, Sidharth Shukla had become the 'Best Model of the World' in 2005. He'd been the first Indian model to achieve such an award. Three years later, he would make the leap to film and television.

9 years at Colors TV

Since 2012, Sidharth Shukla was linked to Colors TV. As his main spokesperson, the channel is now carrying the weight of informing the public. It combines the information about the actor's death with heartfelt tributes from all the colleagues and friends that he had made in the nine years he had been in the channel.

Asim Riaz

"I will meet you in heaven, brother," wrote actor and model Asim Riaz.

Kiara Advani

"God, this is heartbreaking!!" tweeted actress Kiara Advani. She also sent her support and condolences to the family.

Parineeti Chopra

For her part, the actress and singer Parineeti Chopra, said she was "unable to process" what happened. "Rest in peace, Sidharth Shukla," she wrote. "Truly, you were loved by millions."

Ajay Devgn

Director and producer Ajay Devgn also wanted to send a message to Sidharth Shukla. "Life and death are disconcerting, but when someone as young as Sidharth Shukla passes away abruptly, one is very sad. Condolences to his family."

 

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