Actor who defied odds, Sidharth Shukla dies at 40
Actor who defied odds, Sidharth Shukla dies at 40

Actor Sidharth Shukla dies at 40: Sidharth Shukla passed away at the age of 40 on Thursday. He was the winner of Bigg Boss 13 and had appeared in popular shows such as Balika Vadhu and Dil Se Dil Tak.

Actor Sidharth Shukla had always defied the odds when it came to his career. For many in the TV and film industry, appearing in the popular reality show Bigg Boss is a last-ditch — and often futile — effort to arrest a slide into irrelevance. But Shukla, who won the 13th edition of the show in 2019, became a household name, cementing himself as a bonafide reality TV star.

The TV personality died early Thursday from a suspected heart attack. He was 40. The exact cause of his death is yet to be ascertained.

Shukla first broke out into TV stardom with his work in the show Balika Vadhu (2012), where he essayed the role of Shivraj Shekhar, a District Collector. Over three years, Shukla played the character to overwhelming response, winning multiple awards. Soon after, he was roped in to co-star in Humpty Sharma Ki Dulhania (2014), again earning praise.

Police officers in Mumbai said Shukla complained of chest pain at his residence in Oshiwara, Mumbai, around 9 am, before collapsing.

His sister, brother-in-law and mother were in the house at that time. A doctor who arrived at the residence found that he had no pulse.

A police officer said: “The family called an ambulance and rushed to the Dr RN Cooper hospital. They reached around 9.45 am and he was declared dead before admission.”

Dr R Sukhdev, head of the forensic department, confirmed that Shukla was brought dead on Thursday morning. The post-mortem examination was conducted in the afternoon.

Before the autopsy, doctors and the police found no external injury on his body. Dr Sailesh Mohite, dean at Dr RN Cooper hospital, declined to comment on the autopsy findings.

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