Star's Hanging Stuns Bollywood

Jiah Khan, 25, found in her Mumbai apartment
By Matt Cantor,  Newser User
Posted Jun 4, 2013 8:36 AM CDT
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)

(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"
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