Indian television and film actor Siddharth Shukla has died in Mumbai at the age of 40. Reports claim he had died from a heart attack.
Doctors at Cooper hospital said he was already dead when he was brought in on Thursday. A postmortem was reportedly underway.
Local media quoted an unnamed source saying: “At around 3am Sidharth got up and was feeling very uneasy. He informed his mother about the uneasiness and chest pain. His mother gave him some water and he went back to sleep. However, in the morning Sidharth did not get up. His mother tried to wake him up, but he did not respond. His mother called his sister, who called the doctor, who declared him dead and asked them to take the body to the hospital immediately,”
Shukla’s colleagues from TV and film industry expressed shock that he died at such a young age.
Shukla starred in a number of hit TV shows and also acted in Bollywood films.
He made his TV debut with Babul Ka Aangann Chootey Na in 2008 and went on to act in many more shows.
In 2014, he made his Bollywood debut in Humpty Sharma Ki Dulhania. The film was successful and brought even more fame to the actor.
His popularity soared further after he won the 13th edition of the popular reality TV show Bigg Boss in 2019 – the Indian version of American show Big Brother.
He also won another reality TV show Khataron ke Khiladi – again based on American series Fear Factor – and subsequently went on to host his own shows like Savdhaan India and India’s Got Talent.