Jiah Khan dead: Bollywood actress found hanged at her Mumbai home

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  • Jiah Khan was found hanged at her Mumbai home by her mother
  • The 25-year-old is said to have been 'very depressed' about her career
  • Khan was born in New York and raised in Chelsea, west London
  • She last appeared in the hit comedy Housefull in 2010

By Steve Nolan

PUBLISHED: 05:57 EST, 4 June 2013 | UPDATED: 08:14 EST, 4 June 2013

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A Bollywood actress has been found dead at her home in Mumbai, according to police.

Jiah Khan was reportedly found hanged by her mother at their apartment in the Indian city.

Police have said that no suicide note was found and are currently seeking information from Miss Khan's neighbours.

Tragic: Bollywood actress Jiah Khan was reportedly found hanged in her apartment by her mother

Tragic: Bollywood actress Jiah Khan was reportedly found hanged in her apartment by her mother

Star: Miss Khan appeared in her first Bollywood film, based loosely on Nabakov's Lolita in 2007

Star: Miss Khan appeared in her first Bollywood film, based loosely on Nabakov's Lolita in 2007

The mother and sister of the actress are said to have gone out and she was alone at the apartment when the incident happened.

They found Jiah hanged when they returned home.

Fellow Bollywood stars and fans of the actress took to Twitter to express their shock at her death.

Ram Gopal Varma, who directed her debut film Nishabd, said that she had been 'very depressed' about her career.

She reportedly wanted to pursue a career in interior design when her acting career failed to meet its early potential.

The 25-year-old actress made her Bollywood debut in 2007, playing the 18-year-old female lead opposite one of India's leading actors, Amitabh Bachchan, in a film loosely based on Vladimir Nabokov's classic novel Lolita.

Filmmaker Varma wrote on Twitter: 'Never ever seen a debutant actress with more spunk and more spirit than Jiah when I was directing her in Nishabd.

Actress: The director of Miss Khan's breakthrough film said that when he last saw Jiah she was 'very depressed' about her film career

'I don't know the reason what led to this but Jiah was very depressed about her career and scared for her future,' he said in another tweet.

He added: 'The last time I met her Jiah told me that everyone around her makes her feel like a failure.'

Khan, whose real name was Nafisa Khan, was born in New York and grew up in Chelsea, London.

Talented: Jiah Khan pictured in 2003 aged 16. She was raised in Chelsea, west London and returned to her native New York to train as an actress at the age of 17

Talented: Jiah Khan pictured in 2003 aged 16. She was raised in Chelsea, west London and returned to her native New York to train as an actress at the age of 17

She returned to New York at the age of 17 to study acting, according to her website.

She had been dating Suraj Pancholi, son of Bollywood actor Aditya Pancholi, for around a year.

Police are reportedly questioning Suraj as he is said to have been the last person to see her alive.

Nishabd received mixed reviews and did not do well at the Bollywood box office but Khan went on to play supporting roles in two blockbusters, the psychological thriller Ghajini in 2008 and the comedy Housefull, her last role, in 2010.

Amitabh Bachchan tweeted his shock at the death of the actress.

He said: 'WHAT ...!!! Jiah Khan? What has happened? Is this correct? Unbelievable!!!'

choreographer Farah Khan tweeted: 'Can't register that Jiah is no more... Worked with her in Housefull and she was so beautiful and such a good soul. Too young to go Jiah.'

Bollywood actor Shahid Kapoor tweeted: 'Shocked n saddened to hear about jiah khan ... Very disturbing ... RIP ....may her soul rest in peace.'

According to Miss Khan's website, she was to play a part in a forthcoming Hollywood production.

As well as her Bollywood acting, she had appeared in an advert for animal campaign group PETA.

She was the daughter of Ali Rivzi Khan, an Indian-American actress who found fame in the 1980s.

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