Mumbai: The entertainment industry and the internet are mourning the loss of Poonam Pandey, who passed away on Thursday night due to cervical cancer. The news was confirmed on her official Instagram account.
The post on Instagram read: “This morning is a tough one for us. Deeply saddened to inform you that we have lost our beloved Poonam to cervical cancer. Every living form that ever came in contact with her was met with pure love and kindness. In this time of grief, we would request for privacy while we remember her fondly for all that we shared.”
The news came as a shock to her fans and followers, who expressed their disbelief and condolences in the comments section. Many asked for more details about her death and how long she had been suffering from the disease.
Poonam Pandey was a model and actress who rose to fame in 2011 when she promised to strip if India won the Cricket World Cup final. She later said that it was a publicity stunt and that she did not intend to offend anyone. She gained a huge fan following on social media platforms, where she often posted bold and provocative photos and videos.
She also appeared in a few films and web series, such as Nasha, The Journey of Karma, and Love in Lockdown. Her last project was the reality show Lock Upp, hosted by Kangana Ranaut, where she competed with other celebrities in various tasks. She did not win the show, but she impressed the viewers with her personality and performance.
Poonam Pandey had a tumultuous personal life as well. She married film director Sam Bombay in September 2020 but filed a complaint against him for domestic violence within a month. She later withdrew the complaint and reconciled with him, but their relationship remained rocky. They often shared glimpses of their married life on social media but also deleted them frequently.
Poonam Pandey was known for her bold and controversial image, but also her kindness and generosity. She had donated money to various causes, such as the Kerala floods, the farmers’ protest, and the Covid-19 relief fund. She also supported the LGBTQ+ community and animal welfare.