Mumbai, Apr 1: Television actress Pratyusha Banerjee, best known for her portrayal of Anandi in the popular serial “Balika Vadhu”, was found dead at her suburban residence today under mysterious circumstances. “She is no more,” her close friend Siddharth Shukla, who worked with her in “Balika Vadhu”, told PTI this evening. Asked about cause of 24-year-old Banerjee’s death, the actor said he is gathering details. (Also Read: Daughter’ death left Bob Geldof contemplating suicide) Also Read - Balika Vadhu Actor Avika Gor Shares Loved-up Picture Beau Milind Chandwani

A police officer also said the actress was dead but did not give further details. It is suspected that Banerjee, who participated in “Bigg Boss 7” and “Jhalak Dikhla Jha”, committed suicide by hanging. She was also seen in “Sasural Simar Ka”, another popular TV series aired on Colors channel. Her last TV show was “Hum Hain Naa”. Also Read - Anandi Bahu to Bikini Babe: Netizens Are Amazed to See Balika Vadhu Actor Avika Gor’s Bikini Picture

Reacting to the news Bollywood producer Tanuj Garg tweeted, “Terrible, terrible news about Pratyusha Banerjee. Met her once at a party. How extreme must pressures be to drive one to take one’s own life.” BiggBoss co-contestant Kushal Tandon wrote, “The news is absolutely saddening. I know life is tough but why do you need to do this. She was so young, I don’t know what happened. Lots of strength to her family during this time.” Also Read - Avika Gor's Weight Loss Transformation Journey Includes no 'Vada Pav, French Fries' But Lots of Positivity - Read Inspiring Posts


Another co-contestant Gauhar tweeted, “Sad sad sad. Nothing’s worth ending your one beautiful gift called life for… My heart bleeds for the parents and family… #suicidesnvrthecure.” Expressing shock TV personality VJ Andy said, “I first read that on Twitter and thought it was an April fool’s joke. Then I got a call from Tanisha who told me the same. Then my manager too confirmed It. I still cannot believe it. I am shocked. She was so full of life, and always seemed happy. The last time I had met here she was fine and seemed ok. I really don’t know how to react now.”