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Shukla was best known as the winner of the 13th season of hit reality TV show Bigg Boss, and as the lead actor in the Indian drama series Balika Vadhu.
A doctor at Mumbai’s Cooper Hospital confirmed the actor’s death to The Indian Express newspaper.
Shukla’s post-mortem examination has not begun yet, as police procedures are still ongoing, the paper reported.
Shukla is survived by his mother and two sisters.
Following the news, tributes began pouring in from fellow stars, fans and public figures in India.
The Family Man actor Manoj Bajpayee wrote on Twitter: “OMG!!! This is So Shocking!!! Words will fail to describe the shock and sense of loss of his near and dear ones !!! May he rest in peace !!! No yaar!!!!”
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 !!!! https://t.co/HmcF1ppJFX
— manoj bajpayee (@BajpayeeManoj) September 2, 2021
Indian cricketer Virender Sehwag wrote: “Another reminder of how fragile life is. Heartfelt condolences to #SiddharthShukla ‘s family and friends. Om Shanti”
— Virender Sehwag (@virendersehwag) September 2, 2021
Indian filmmaker Ashoke Pandit posted a special video as a tribute to the late actor with the caption: “I pay my Condolences to the family of actor #SiddharthShukla who died at the age of 40 due to heart attack. His demise is a great loss to the entertainment industry. Gone too soon.”
I pay my Condolences to the family of actor #SiddharthShukla who died at the age of 40 due to heart attack .
His demise is a great loss to the entertainment industry .
Gone to soon.
ॐ शान्ति !
— Ashoke Pandit (@ashokepandit) September 2, 2021
“It is true. But I still can’t believe he is no more. Gone too soon… my sincere prayers and condolences to his family, loved ones, and his fans. may his soul rest in peace,” singer Armaan Malik wrote.
It is true. But I still can’t believe he is no more. Gone too soon… my sincere prayers and condolences to his family, loved ones and his fans. may his soul rest in peace. pic.twitter.com/Dp9dXCjlp8
— ARMAAN MALIK (@ArmaanMalik22) September 2, 2021
Actor Tisca Chopra who was Shukla’s neighbour, wrote: “Numb.. Siddharth, neighbour and occasional walking buddy .. #SiddharthShukla RIP .. hope aunty and friends have the strength to bear your immense loss.”
“Shocked beyond words!! Gone toooooo soon…. Condolences to his family, loved ones. - He was loved by millions,” actor Riteish Deshmukh added.
— Tisca Chopra (@tiscatime) September 2, 2021
Shocked beyond words!! Gone toooooo soon…. Condolences to his family, loved ones. - He was loved by millions. #SiddharthShukla you will be missed - rest in peace brother. Om Shanti 🙏🏽 https://t.co/gvttNVDHxh
— Riteish Deshmukh (@Riteishd) September 2, 2021
Literally numb.. Just can't blve it's true.#SiddharthShukla left too soon buddy.
May ur family n loved ones find the strength to bear the pain of ur loss. May u find a happy place with God above..
Ur loved ones ur fans will miss u pic.twitter.com/MMB3POV9L4
— Ria (@RiaRevealed) September 2, 2021
Shukla made his acting debut with the TV show Babul Ka Aangann Chootey Na in 2008, before gaining prominance with his performance in Balika Vadhu on Colors TV.
He appeared in several reality shows, including Khatron Ke Khiladi, India’s Got Talent and Bigg Boss — the Indian version of Big Brother.
Shukla also starred in Karan Johar-produced 2014 Bollywood film Humpty Sharma Ki Dulhaniya, starring actors Alia Bhatt and Varun Dhawan. He was last seen in the third season of Ekta Kapoor’s Indian webseries Broken But Beautiful, which premiered on local streaming platform MX Player.
He had recently announced his involvement in the forthcoming film Silsila SidNaaz Ka with model and actress Shehnaaz Gill.
Local media reports suggested that Gill left an ongoing shoot when she heard of Shukla’s passing.
The Balika Vadhu actor had a large social media following, including on Twitter and Instagram. His last post on Twitter was a congratulatory message for Indian Olympic gold medalist Neeraj Chopra.