Popular Indian television actor Sidharth Shukla died on Thursday of a heart attack,
according to reports. He was 40. Shukla was part of the long-running TV show
Balika Vadhu and the winner of the Bigg Boss 13 reality show.
Shukla suffered a massive heart attack on the morning of September 2, with BBC
citing a Cooper Hospital doctor who said the star was already dead when he was
brought in. His family or reps are yet to speak publicly about his death.
An official from the hospital told Hindustan Times: ‘Initial report indicates that he
died of a heart attack. We, however, won’t be able to confirm the cause of his death
until we complete the post mortem.’
Shukla made his debut in the lead role in the 2008 show Babul Ka Aangann Chootey
Na, before heading to Bollywood in 2014 with a supporting role in Humpty Sharma Ki
He also starred in reality shows including Bigg Boss 13, which he won, and Fear
Factor: Khatron Ke Khiladi 7. He hosted Savdhaan India and India’s Got Talent.
Fellow actors and Bollywood stars shared their shock and sadness at Shukla’s death,
with Manoj Bajpayee writing on Twitter: ‘OMG!!! This is So Shocking!!! Words will
fail to describe the shock and sense of loss of his near and dear ones !!! May he rest in
peace !!! No yaar !!!!’
Shukla’s Bigg Boss co-contestant Himanshi Khurana tweeted: ‘Om Shanti,’ adding:
‘Oh my God. It’s hard to believe. RIP Sidharth.’