TikTok star Siya Kakkar died by suicide at 16 years old, India Today reported. Her manager, Arjun Sarin, confirmed her death via Instagram on June 25. The Indian social media star had more than 1.3 million followers on TikTok, where she often posted short videos of her dancing. She was also active on social media platforms like Instagram, Snapchat and YouTube.
“No more words,” Sarin wrote. “You will always be the best artist. Rest in peace.”
Here’s what you need to know:
Thousands on Social Media Mourned Kakkar
Kakkar posted a video the day before her death. It has since garnered more than 10 million views, where her followers flooded the comments section with more than 26,000 reactions. Her last Instagram post was shared less than a week before her death.
One of those who mourned Kakkar was fellow TikTok star Sunny Chopra, who boasts more than 11 million followers. “Really sad. RIP,” he wrote. Arishfa Khan, who has more than 28 million followers, also commented “rest in peace.”
India Today noted that Bollywood and fashion photographer Viral Bhayani mourned Kakkar, calling her a “sweet Tik-Toker”:
Sad news 16 year old sweet tik-toker @siya_kakkar died by suicide . Before publishing this I spoke to her Talent management agency head Arjun Sarin who just spoke to her last night for a song collaboration and he says she was in a good mood and perfectly alright. Even he has no clue what went wrong that she had to go this way. You go through her videos and you can she was so good in her content, it’s really sad that she chose this path. If you are feeling depressed please dont do this
Sushant Singh Rajput’s Death by Suspected Suicide Shocked Fans
Kakkar’s untimely death comes less than two weeks after Bollywood actor Sushant Singh Rajput died by suspected suicide at 34 years old. He was well known in the Bollywood scene for playing India cricket star M.S. Dhoni in a biopic of his life.
As noted by the Hindustan Times, Rajput’s death led to some Bollywood celebrities taking a stand on the importance of mental health and hoping to destigmatize getting help.
“It pains us to share that Sushant Singh Rajput is no longer with us,” the actor’s family said in a statement, according to the New York Times. “We request his fans to keep him in their thoughts and celebrate his life and his work like they have done so far.”
If you or someone you know is struggling with depression or suicidal thoughts, you can contact the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline (1-800-273-8255). They provide free 24/7, private help.