Popular Indian television star Pratyusha Banerjee died yesterday in Mumbai from what local police said was an accidental death, leading to a massive outpouring of grief from shocked peers and fans. She was 24. According to reports from local news, Banerjee was found in her home in an apparent death by hanging, though no suicide note was discovered.
Born in 1991 in the city of Jamshedpur, Banerjee first gained fame in 2010 after winning a talent search led to her being cast in a leading role in the popular television series Balika Vadhu. Following that success she went on to appear frequently on reality television, including Jhalak Dikhhla Jaa, the Indian version of BBC’s Strictly Come Dancing (and basis for Dancing With The Stars), Bigg Boss, and Power Couple. She later had roles on several other Indian scripted television shows.
At the time of her death, she was dating fellow actor and producer Rahul Raj Singh.