A week prior to his suicide, Rajput had three subjects multiple times: who had died about a week before him.news reports containing his own name, and information about a mental illness.
On 13 June 2020, the night before his death, Rajput retired to his bedroom after dinner. At around 2 a.m. on Sunday, 14 June he made two phone calls, one to Bollywood actress Rhea Chakraborty and another to television actor Mahesh Shetty. Neither call was answered. Rajput then woke up early that morning. Some time after, he googled information about “schizophrenia”, “bipolar disorder” and “painless death”
The Mumbai Police commenced an investigation, stating that the death was being treated as a suicide. A team of three doctors conducted an autopsy and submitted their provisional postmortem report at Bandra Police Station. “The provisional cause of death,” said the Mumbai deputy commissioner of police on 22 June, “is asphyxia due to hanging.”The final postmortem report, received on 25 June, confirmed the cause of the death as asphyxia due to hanging and said it was a “clear case of suicide.”The autopsy doctors placed time of death at 10 to 12 hours before postmortem examination on 14 June at 11:30 p.m.—meaning between 11:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. (Indian Standard Time).The report added that no foul play was found. On 27 July, Mumbai Police received the viscera report, which likewise ruled out any foul play.
Public reactions :
Rajput’s death was generally perceived as being unexpected and shockingand sparked debates over mental health.Several prominent leaders and actors responded on social media.On Twitter, Prime Minister Narendra Modi called Rajput “a bright young actor gone too soon”. Former Indian cricketer Sachin Tendulkar and Indian cricket team captain Virat Kohli too expressed their shock on Twitter.
A few hours after Rajput’s death, Congress leader Sanjay Nirupam claimed that Rajput had signed seven films after his 2019 box office hit Chhichhore and had lost them all within a span of six months.
On 15 June, Maharashtra Cyber Police tweeted that some pictures of Rajput being circulated online were “disturbing and in bad taste”, warning people that posting such pictures on social media would invite legal action.