Popular face of Indian television and winner of Bigg Boss 13 and Fear Factor: Khatron Ke Khiladi 7, Sidharth Shukla passed away on Thursday, September 2. The 40-year-old was brought dead to Cooper Hospital, Mumbai. Officials say he had suffered a massive heart attack in the morning. The actor had recently appeared on reality shows like Bigg Boss OTT and Dance Deewane 3 with Shehnaaz Gill. The pair had appeared in many music videos together, fondly referred to as ‘Sidnaaz’ by fans. Shukla was last seen on the screen as Agastya in Ekta Kapoor’s Broken But Beautiful 3. The news comes as a shock for the entertainment industry, friends and fans of the actor.
Born in 1980 in Mumbai, Shukla completed his schooling from St Xavier’s High School, Fort, and later graduated in interior designing. Shukla’s family has roots in Uttar Pradesh. He made his acting debut with the 2008 show Babul Ka Aangann Chootey Na, in the lead role. He was well-known for his roles in daily soaps such as Dil Se Dil Tak and Balika Vadhu. In 2014, he made his Bollywood debut, playing a supporting role in the Varun Dhawan and Alia Bhatt starrer Humpty Sharma Ki Dulhania. Shukla was also a regular on reality shows like Jhalak Dikhhla Jaa 6, and hosted India’s Got Talent and Savdhaan India.
As soon as the news broke, friends, fans, and celebrities flooded social media with heartfelt messages for the late actor. Actor Manoj Bajpayee took to Twitter to offer his condolences, writing, “OMG!!! This is So Shocking!!! Words will fail to describe the shock and sense of loss of his near and dear ones !!! May he res in peace !!! No yaar !!!!” Actor and comedian Sunil Grover posted, “Shocked and sad to know about Sidharth Shukla. Gone too soon. Prayers. Rest in peace (sic).” Shukla’s Bigg Boss co-contestant Himanshi Khurana also tweeted her tribute to the actor.
Shukla is survived by his mother and two sisters. We hope and pray the actor finds peace, and his family the strength to cope with the loss. Let us all respect the family's privacy in this time and let them mourn in peace.
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