Popular TV actor Sidharth Shukla, 40, dies of heart attack

Popular television and film actor Sidharth Shukla, best known for his role in the long-running TV show ‘Balika Vadhu’, died on Thursday, an official at the Cooper Hospital here said. He was 40.

Shukla suffered a massive heart attack in the morning, it is learnt. He is survived by his mother and two sisters. “He was brought dead to the hospital some time ago,” the senior Cooper Hospital official told PTI.

“He was brought dead to the hospital. The cause of the death will be known after the post-mortem is conducted… it will take some time” Cooper Hospital Dean Dr Shailesh Mohite told PTI.

Rajkummar Rao took to Instagram to share grief at Sidharth’s death. “This is so unfair. Gone too soon Sidharth. Rest in peace brother. You will be in our hearts forever. My deepest condolences to his family, friends & fans,” he wrote. Shefali shared a picture of him on Instagram Stories and wrote, “RIP Mere Dost.”

Other stars who shared their condolences were Akshay Kumar, Ajay Devgn and Bigg Boss host Salman Khan. “Gone too soon Siddharth.. u shall be missed. Condolences to the family .. RIP,” Salman wrote. Ajay tweeted, “Life & death are both baffling. But when someone as young as #SidharthShukla passes away with suddenness, one is very sad… Condolences to his family. RIP Sidharth.”

Shukla began his career in showbiz as a model and made his acting debut with a lead role in the television show Babul Ka Aangann Chootey Na. He later appeared on shows such as Jaane Pehchaane Se… Ye Ajnabbi, Love U Zindagi but became a household name with Balika Vadhu. He gained more popularity after appearing on and winning the reality show Bigg Boss, season 13.

Apart from featuring on TV shows, he has also worked in movies. He made his Bollywood debut in 2014 with the Karan Johar-produced Humpty Sharma Ki Dulhania where he had a supporting role opposite Varun Dhawan and Alia Bhatt.

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