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Year of farewells: 11 showbiz celebs who died in 2017

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We are only a little over the halfway mark of 2017. But already a number of celebs from the showbiz world have left us for heavenly abode. Whether these celebrity deaths were caused by freak accidents, natural causes or suicide, it’s tragic to have lost these stars. Families, friends, and fans are mourning for these actors and actresses who have passed away this year, some of whom have made a significant impact of cinema and left an indelible mark. Take a look at celebs who have lost their lives this year so far. We can only pray that the list doesn’t grow.

 Inder Kumar
Actor Inder Kumar is the most recent name in the list. He died on July 28, 2017 due to a heart attack. The young actor was just 44 years old. He did many Bollywood films and daily soaps, and was said to be under depression due to lack of work.

Vinod Khanna
Veteran actor and one of Bollywood’s superstars during the 70s and 80s, Vinod Khanna said goodbye to world on 27 April 2017. He was battling cancer for a long while, and was 70 years old. Incidentally, his good friend Feroz Khan also died on the same day in 2009.


Om Puri
Bollywood lost its gem in the form of Om Puri. The actor died due to a heart attack on January 6, 2017. The sudden demise of the actor left Bollywood in a state of shock. There were later some news reports of his death not being due to a natural cause, but nothing came out of it.


Famous for playing Salman Khan’s mother in many movies, she died on May 18, 2017 from a heart attack. She had also done many daily soaps, including the iconic ‘Tu Tu Main Main’. Apart from Bollywood and TV, she was also renowned for her work in Marathi cinema.

Sonika Simone Singh Chauhan
She was a model, actor and a TV host. She was also the anchor Pro Kabaddi League in Star Sports and hosted a show at NDTV Prime. She met with a fatal accident April 29, 2017. After that she was brought to hospital, but during treatment she lost her battle of life.

Tamil actor Vinu Chakravarthy
Vinu Chakravarthy had starred in over 1,000 films. He was a famous Tamil actor and scriptwriter. The actor passed away after battling three-year-long health-related issues on April 27, 2017.

Telugu TV actor Pradeep Kumar
Pradeep committed suicide. He was found hanging with a saree on May 3, 2017. Pradeep had recently tied the knot with TV actress Pavani Reddy. During the time of the incident, Pavani was not at home.

Kannada TV actress Rekha Sindhu
She was an Indian actress and model known for her work in Kannada and Tamil TV programmes. She died in a car crash on the Chennai-Bengaluru Highway on 5 May 2017.

Atul Tapkir
Marathi film producer, committed suicide on May 14, 2017 in a room at Hotel, Pune. He was the  producer of  2013 film ‘Dhol Tashe’ and Tapkir, which bombed at the Box Office. He consumed poison to kill himself.

Abis Rizvi
In a terror attack which happened in Istanbul during New Year’s Eve, the Bollywood producer was gunshot in the club, where he was celebrating at the bash, ringing in 2017.

Kritika Chaudhary
She was struggling actress and was seen in Balaji Telefilms’ TV series Parichay. She had also acted in a small role in Kangana Ranaut-starrer Rajjo. Kritika was found dead in her apartment in Mumbai’s Andheri suburb on June 13, 2017. She died of a serious head injury.