Sidharth Shukla, an Indian actor, model and presenter, has died at the age of 40, according to broadcaster Colors TV, where Shukla worked.
“We, at Colors, are saddened & devastated by the sudden loss of our family member, Sidharth Shukla. He will be immensely missed. His passing is an irreparable loss for us & the whole industry,” the TV channel tweeted on Thursday, reports CNN.
Several Indian celebrities and Shukla’s fans also took to Twitter to share their shock and condolences.
“I’m gonna meet you in heaven brother,” tweeted model and actor Asim Riaz alongside a broken heart emoji. “R I P sidharthshukla,” Riaz added.
Shukla started his career as a model and became the first Indian to win the “Best Model of the World” contest in 2005, according to CNN News 18.
In 2008, he moved into the cinema and television industry, according to Colors TV.