Earlier the news broke that Jiban Patra, one of the assistants that accompanied Priyanka Chopra on her trip to the US, had died while in LA, reportedly due to a heart attack. At that time, the reports claimed that his body has not yet been brought back to India, supposedly due to the cost involved (around $15,000). Priyanka’s team released a statement on the subject today, clarifying the situation and explaining what is being done. Here’s what they said.
This is a very unfortunate and unexpected situation. Our deepest condolences go out to Mr. Patra’s family. Our aim throughout was to ensure that Mr. Patra remains were brought back to his family at the very earliest. Owing to the situation that this occurred in a foreign country, where no family member was present, there was multiple levels of paperwork and processes that had to be followed to ensure that the matter was handled effectively and in a timely manner. Owing to some delays in paperwork from the family’s end, the repatriation of the body was delayed. Ms. Chopra also delayed her return to India to ensure that the everything was in place for Mr. Patra’s remains to be repatriated to India. We have been in constant touch with the family to keep them updated on the matter. All details and financial requirements related to the repatriation was and is being handled directly by Ms. Chopra and her team in LA. We are making all efforts to ensure his family’s needs are taken care of at this unfortunate time.