Kushal Punjabi has died by suicide, according to multiple reports. He was 42.
Multiple outlets report that Punjabi was found dead at his Bandra, Mumbai, home on Thursday night. The reports add that a suicide note was found.
Punjabi's parents were repeatedly trying to contact their son on Thursday afternoon, the reports added, noting that "a case of suicide has been registered."
One of Punjabi's friends and a fellow actor, Karanvir Bohra, honored the late actor in an Instagram post, writing that Punjabi's death has "shocked the hell out of me."
"I know you are in a happier place, but this is unfathomable. The way you lead your life really inspired me in more ways than one....but what was I to know," he wrote. "Your zest for dancing, fitness, off-road biking, fatherhood and above all that, that smiling face of yours, your happy-go-lucky nature your warmth all that was so genuine. I'm gonna miss you so much #kushlani. You will always be rememberd [sic] as a guy who lived a full life."
Ur demise has shocked the hell out of me.I'm still in denial @itsme_kushalpunjabi I know you are in a happier place, but this is unfathomable. The way you lead your life really inspired me in more ways than one....but what was I to know. Your zest for dancing, fitness, off-road biking, fatherhood and above all that, that smiling face of yours, your happy-go-lucky nature your warmth all that was so genuine. I'm gonna miss you so much #kushlani. You will always be rememberd as a guy who lived a full life. #dancingdaddy #fit #lifeenthusiast #biker #smilingface #onelifeliveitright #restinpeace #omnamoshivaya
A post shared by Karanvir Bohra (@karanvirbohra) on Dec 26, 2019 at 1:52pm PST
Additionally, actor Tusshar Kapoor took to Twitter to say he was "shocked and saddened" by Punjabi's death, while Karan Patel, also an actor, wrote that Punjabi will be "missed forever" in an Instagram tribute.
— Tusshar (@TusshKapoor) December 27, 2019
🙏RIP🙏 my brother. Guess Its true when they say, “The happiest Faces hide the Most saddened Hearts”. Seeing Your spirit and zest for life, never in my wildest dreams would i have thought that you will bid your final goodbye to life in a way that will send a chill down our spines every time we think of you. @itsme_kushalpunjabi you will be missed forever. Hope and pray you are inna better place. 🙏. Still can’t believe you’re gone. Gone too soon. 😢🙏
A post shared by Karan Patel (@karan9198) on Dec 26, 2019 at 8:22pm PST
Punjabi starred alongside Priyanka Chopra in the 2003 flick Andaaz and the 2007 movie Salaam-E-Ishq. He was most recently seen in the miniseries Truth or Tamanna? and was set to star in another such project, The Heartbreak Hotel, which is currently in post-production.
Punjabi is survived by his wife, Audrey Dolhen, and their 3-year-old son.