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Bollywood actress Jiah Khan found dead, hanging in her home

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Jiah Khan, born Feb. 20, 1988 as Nafisa Khan‏, was found dead at her home in Mumbai, India, police said on Tuesday.

Khan, 25, was found by her mother, hanging in her room on Monday night. While a post-mortem has been scheduled to establish the cause of death, police are not treating the death as suspicious. It appears that her death is a suicide, although no suicide note was found.

An official from the Juhu police said,

After the police control received a call around 12 am, a mobile police van was rushed to the spot. She was found in an unconscious state and was rushed to Cooper hospital where she was declared dead on arrival.

She made her debut in 1998 as a child actor in "Dil Se..." In 2007, she made her adult acting debut with her stage name of Jiah Khan in Ram Gopal Varma's controversial movie, "Nishabd," where she acted opposite Amitabh Bachchan.

According to Wikipedia, she made her third and final film appearance in "Housefull" in 2010. It's unclear, but that long dry film spell from 2010 to 2013 could -- it could be conjectured -- be related to her apparent suicide. That theory was posited by Varma, himself.

On Twitter, he wrote:

Never ever seen a debutant actress with more spunk and more spirit than Jiah when i was directing her in Nishabd.

The last time I met her jiah told me that everyone around her makes her feel like a failure

Inspite of being highly appreciated in Nishabd nd being a part of hugely successful Ghazni and Houseful she had no work for the last 3 years

I dont know the reason what led to this but jiah was very depressed about her career and scared for her future

Although known mostly as Jiah Khan, in 2012, she changed her name back to Nafisa Khan.


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