In this article, I am going to through light on the shocking deaths of some most popular celebrities.
Simon Monjack About five months to the day after the shocking death of Brittany Murphy, the actress’ screenwriter husband has been found dead in the couple’s Hollywood Hills home. Simon Monjack was 39.A Los Angeles Police Department spokesman said the cause of Monjack’s death was not immediately known; however, local broadcasts cited law enforcement sources saying it appeared to be a heart attack. Here’s a look at some other celebrities whose lives were tragically cut short by disease, accident, by their own hand or those of others. Reference NDTV.
Kuljeet Randhawa (January 1, 1976 – February 8, 2006): The actress and model was best known for her role in the Kohinoor-series. Randhawa also appeared in several television series including Hip Hip Hurray, C.A.T.S., and a lead role in STAR One’sSpecial Squad. On February 8, 2006, Randhawa hanged herself at her apartment in Mumbai. In a suicide note, Kuljeet stated that she was ending her life as she was unable to cope with life’s pressures. Reference: Wikipedia.
Divya Bharti (February 25, 1974 – April 5, 1993): She started her career in 1990 with Telugu films making her debut in Bobbili Raja. After several other hits in the South, she entered Hindi films with Vishwatma in 1992. Around midnight on April 5, 1993, Divya fell to her death off her husband Sajid Nadiadwala’s 5-storey apartment building, Tulsi 2 in Mumbai. There were numerous speculations regarding Divya’s sudden demise, including the possibility of accidental death, suicide and even murder. Police closed the investigation into her death in 1998, but the circumstances of her death still remain murky. Reference: Wikipedia.
Ishmeet Singh Sodhi (September 2, 1988 – July 29, 2008): In July 2008, Singh, winner of Amul STAR Voice of India 2007, went on a visit to the Maldives with fellow contestants Sumitra and Vyom for a concert that was to be held on August 1, 2008. He died on July 29, 2008, drowning in the swimming pool of the Chaaya Island Dhonveli resort in Male where he was staying. Ishmeet’s family suspect that he has been murdered and have listed the reasons why on the Ishmeet Singh Foundation website. Reference: Wikipedia.
Smita Patil (October 17, 1955 – December 13, 1986): Along with actress and co-star Shabana Azmi, she was one of the potent quartet representing India’s parallel cinema.Her performances were often acclaimed, and she was mostly noted for her work in such art films as Manthan (1977), Bhumika (1977),Aakrosh (1980) and Chakra (1981). Smita died from childbirth complications on December 13, 1986, aged 31, barely 6 hours after having given birth to her son, Prateek Babbar. Nearly two decades later, one of India’s greatest film directors, Mrinal Sen alleged that Smita Patil had died due to gross medical negligence. Reference: Wikipedia.
Guru Dutt (July 9, 1925 – October 10, 1964): Often credited with ushering in the golden era of Hindi cinema, Dutt made quintessential 1950s and 1960s classics such as Pyaasa, Kaagaz Ke Phool, Sahib Bibi Aur Ghulam and Chaudhvin Ka Chand. On October 10, 1964, he was found dead in his bed in his rented apartment at Pedder Road in Mumbai. He is said to have been mixing alcohol and sleeping pills. His death may have been suicide, or just an accidental overdose. It would have been his third suicide attempt. Reference: Wikipedia.
Madhubala (February 14, 1933 – February 23, 1969): In the short time that she graced the silver screen in India, Madhubala achieved the kind of iconic status that many actors can only dream of. She was found to have a heart problem after she coughed up blood in 1950. She was discovered to have been born with a ventricular septal defect, commonly known as a ‘hole in the heart’. At the time, heart surgery was not widely available. In 1960, Madhubala sought treatment in London as her condition deteriorated. After an examination the doctors there refused to operate, convinced her chances of surviving the procedure were minimal. Madhubala finally succumbed to her illness and died on February 23, 1969, shortly after her 36th birthday. Reference: Wikipedia.
Meena Kumari (August 1, 1932 – March 31, 1972): She gained a reputation for tragic roles in films likeSahib Bibi Aur Ghulam, Baiju Bawra, Dil Ek Mandir and Dil Apna Aur Preet Parayi. After divorcing her husband Kamal Amrohi in 1964, her addiction to alcohol became stronger, and she often dulled her senses with liquor. Kumari’s heavy drinking had badly damaged her liver, and in 1968 she fell seriously ill. She was taken to London and Switzerland for treatment. Three weeks after the release of Pakeezah, Meena Kumari became seriously ill, and died on March 31, 1972 of cirrhosis of the liver. Reference: Wikipedia.
Nargis (June 1, 1929 – May 3, 1981): She is widely regarded as one of the greatest actresses in the history of Hindi cinema and remembered for her performances in films like Mother India, Barsaat,Andaz, Awaara, Shree 420 and Chori Chori. Nargis was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer and underwent treatment for the disease at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in New York. Upon her return to India, her condition deteriorated, and she was admitted to Breach Candy Hospital in Mumbai. She sank into a coma on May 2, 1981 and died on May 3, 1981. Reference: Wikipedia.
Gulshan Kumar (May 5, 1956 – August 12, 1997): ‘Cassette King’ Gulshan Kumar, the founder of the T-Series music label (Super Cassettes Industries Ltd.), was killed outside the Jeeteshwar Mahadev Mandir, a Hindu temple in Jeet Nagar, Andheri West suburb of Mumbai on August 12, 1997. The police accused Nadeem of the music duo Nadeem-Shravan of having paid for the assassination. However, on January 9, 2001, Abdul Rauf (known as ‘Raja’) confessed to being the assassin. Rauf was sentenced to life imprisonment for the crime. Reference: Wikipedia.