Popular Bollywood actor Sushant Singh Rajput found dead at 34

Popular Bollywood actor Sushant Singh Rajput found dead at 34

Popular Bollywood actor Sushant Singh Rajput has been found dead at his home in Mumbai, the Press Trust of India news agency and other media outlets reported.

Initial reports citing police in the city said the 34-year-old was found hanging in his apartment in suburban Bandra on Sunday.

Rajput, who started his acting career on TV, made his Bollywood debut in 2013 with director Abhishek Kapoor in Kai Po Che, based on the book by Chetan Bhagat.

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ARCHIVO - En esta fotografía del 30 de mayo de 2017, el actor de Bollywood Sushant Singh Rajput habla durante una conferencia de prensa en Ahmadabad, India. (AP Foto/Ajit Solanki, Archivo)
Bollywood actors Sushant Singh Rajput, left, and Kriti Sanon pose for photographs during a press conference to promote their upcoming movie "Raabta" in Ahmadabad, India, Tuesday, May 30, 2017. The film is scheduled to be released on June 9. (AP Photo/Ajit Solanki)
MUMBAI, INDIA - SEPTEMBER 2: Bollywood actor Sushant Singh Rajput during the promotion of his upcoming film Shuddh Desi Romance at HT's Mumbai office, on September 2, 2013 in Mumbai, India. (Photo by Kalpak Pathak/Hindustan Times via Getty Images)
MUMBAI, INDIA - APRIL 1: Bollywood actor Sushant Singh Rajput during the promotion of his film Detective Byomkesh Bakshy at HT's Fever office, on April 1, 2015 in Mumbai, India. (Photo by Vidya Subramanian/Hindustan Times via Getty Images)
MUMBAI, INDIA - APRIL 1: Bollywood actor Sushant Singh Rajput during the promotion of his film Detective Byomkesh Bakshy at HT's Fever office, on April 1, 2015 in Mumbai, India. (Photo by Vidya Subramanian/Hindustan Times via Getty Images)
MUMBAI, INDIA - JANUARY 28: Indian actor Sushant Singh Rajput poses during a profile shoot, on January 28, 2013 in Mumbai, India. (Photo by Vidya Subramanian /Hindustan Times)
MUMBAI, INDIA - JANUARY 28: Indian actor Sushant Singh Rajput poses during a profile shoot, on January 28, 2013 in Mumbai, India. (Photo by Vidya Subramanian /Hindustan Times)
MUMBAI, INDIA - JANUARY 28: Indian actor Sushant Singh Rajput during an interview with Hindustan Times, on January 28, 2013 in Mumbai, India. (Photo by Vidya Subramanian /Hindustan Times)
Indian Bollywood actor Sushant Singh Rajput attends the book launch of 'Boundless' in Mumbai on April 10, 2019. (Photo by Sujit Jaiswal / AFP) (Photo credit should read SUJIT JAISWAL/AFP via Getty Images)
MUMBAI,INDIA, APRIL 26: Bollywood actor sushant singh rajput during Bollywoode producer Sajid Nadiadwala host a special screening of Avengers End Game at PVR theater in juhu ,mumbai,India on 26th April 2019. (Photo by Prodip Guha/Getty Images)
MUMBAI, INDIA - 2019/02/08: Actor Sushant Singh Rajput seen during the trailer launch of the film 'Sonchiriya' at hotel JW Mariott, Juhu in Mumbai. (Photo by Azhar Khan/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images)
NEW DELHI, INDIA - DECEMBER 6: Bollywood actor Sushant Singh Rajput during the promotion of his upcoming movie Kedarnath' at HT Media office, on December 6, 2018 in New Delhi, India. (Photo by Shivam Saxena/Hindustan Times via Getty Images)
NEW DELHI, INDIA - DECEMBER 6: Bollywood actor Sushant Singh Rajput during an exclusive interview with HT City-Hindustan Times, for the promotion of her upcoming movie Kedarnath' at HT Media office, on December 6, 2018 in New Delhi, India. (Photo by Sarang Gupta/Hindustan Times via Getty Images)
Indian Bollywood actors Sushant Singh Rajput is tended to inside the make-up vanity van before a promotional event for the upcoming romantic drama Hindi film 'Kedarnath' in Mumbai on November 29, 2018. (Photo by Sujit Jaiswal / AFP) (Photo credit should read SUJIT JAISWAL/AFP via Getty Images)
MUMBAI, INDIA - 2018/11/12: Actor Sushant Singh Rajput pose for photos on the trailer launch of his upcoming film Kedarnath at hotel JW Marriott Juhu in Mumbai. (Photo by Azhar Khan/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images)
NEW DELHI, INDIA - MAY 25: (Editors Note: This is an exclusive shoot of Hindustan Times) Bollywood actor Sushant Singh Rajput during an interview on May 25, 2018 in New Delhi, India. (Photo by Sarang Gupta/Hindustan Times via Getty Images)
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Social media was flooded with tributes and messages of condolence, with many reacting to the news with disbelief.

"Sushant Singh Rajput ... a bright young actor gone too soon," Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi tweeted.

"He excelled on TV and in films. His rise in the world of entertainment inspired many and he leaves behind several memorable performances. Shocked by his passing away. My thoughts are with his family and fans. Om Shanti."

Bollywood star Akshay Kumar wrote on Twitter: "Honestly this news has left me shocked and speechless."

"I can't believe this at all... it's shocking... a beautiful actor and a good friend... it's disheartening," actor Nawazuddin Siddiqui tweeted.

Rajput played former Indian cricket team captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni in the 2016 film MS Dhoni: The Untold Story.

His other movies included Kedarnath, Sonchiriya (Golden Bird) and Raabta (Connection).

He was last seen in the Netflix film Drive.

Mumbai, India's financial hub and home to Bollywood, has been grappling with the coronavirus pandemic, which has brought the business of entertainment to a complete halt in the country.

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