I was about to go to bed when I saw this news on Twitter. It’s so sad and shocking at the same time. And the first thing that ran through my mind were the faces of too many other young (and for all intents and purposes “successful”) women who have ended their lives in a similarly tragic way – be it a Nafisa Joseph or Viveka Babajee. What could have made Jiah Khan SO sad that hanging herself felt like her only remaining option? This is what we know so far.
According to the TOI newswire Jiah Khan committed suicide at her home in Juhu at Sagar Tarang (where she lived with her mother) on Monday night. She was only 25 years old and she hung herself with a piece of cloth around 11pm. Her mother informed the police around 11.45pm.
Jiah was rushed to a private hospital where she was declared dead and her body has since been shifted to the corner court for postmortem at the Cooper Hospital.
Sources claim that, “She had been depressed for some time due to personal issues, but was keen on returning to acting soon. She was also meeting filmmakers regarding projects.”
Having worked with the best in the business, Aamir Khan in Ghajini and Amitabh Bachchan in Nishabd here is his reaction on Twitter as the news spread. Much of Bollywood has since expressed their shock and sadness as well.
T 1128 -WHAT …!!! Jiah Khan ??? what has happened ? is this correct ? unbelievable !!!
— Amitabh Bachchan (@SrBachchan) June 3, 2013
Back in April she tweeted a rather cute picture of herself and seemed to be in good spirits…
Her last two tweets were sent on May 24th. One about her sun sign (she was born February 20th 1988) and another about taking a sabbatical to recollect her thoughts…
The last time we interviewed her on video was in Calcutta where she was shooting for Jaya Misra‘s Bridal Asia collection. In an eerie twist she had then revealed that she was henceforth using her given name – Nafisa Khan and even talked about her dream wedding :(
*Last we hear she might have been heartbroken (but the source is Kamaal R Khan.) Aditya Pancholi and Urvashi Dholakia visited her house today and further news has surfaced that earlier in the day Suraj Pancholi had sent her some flowers which she threw out the window after arguing with him on the phone shortly before her demise.
*Today it has come to light that this was not her first suicide attempt.
Oh Jiah, I’m so sorry. I hope you’re in a better place, even though I am devastated with how you got there, may you rest in peace.