Star's Hanging Stuns Bollywood

Jiah Khan, 25, found in her Mumbai apartment

By Matt Cantor,  Newser Staff

Posted Jun 4, 2013 8:36 AM CDT

(Newser) – Bollywood actress Jiah Khan, 25, was found dead at her Mumbai home last night. Her mother discovered her hanging body, according to police, who say they haven't found a suicide note, the BBC reports. A hospital post-mortem is set to investigate the cause of Khan's death, police say. Bollywood colleagues were stunned by the New York-born, London-raised actress' death.

One in particular had a lot to say: "Never ever seen a debutant actress with more spunk and more spirit than Jiah," tweeted director Ram Gopal Varma. But he didn't stop there; more tweets:

  • "The last time I met her jiah told me that everyone around her makes her feel like a failure"
  • "Inspite of being highly appreciated in [the film] Nishabd [and] being a part of hugely successful Ghazni and Houseful she had no work for the last 3 years"
  • "I dont know the reason what led to this but jiah was very depressed about her career and scared for her future"

In this Dec. 19, 2008 file photo, Bollywood actress Jiah Khan smiles during a promotional event for the Hindi movie 'Ghajini' in Bangalore, India.   (AP Photo/Aijaz Rahi, file)
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