New Delhi: Actor Nitesh Pandey, who was last seen as Dheeraj Kumar in the television show ‘Anupamaa’, passed away due to cardiac arrest at the age of 51.
According to ANI, Pandey was found dead at his hotel and the police are investigating his death. “TV actor Nitesh Pandey found dead at a hotel in Igatpuri, Nashik in Maharashtra. Prima facie, the cause of death seems to be a heart attack. A police team present at the hotel and investigation is underway. Postmortem report is awaited. Questioning of hotel staff and people close to him is being done,” the news agency reported.
Nitesh’s colleagues from the tv industry paid tribute to the actor.
Actor and director Deven Bhojani tweeted, “This can’t be true but it is. Friend, colleague and a talented actor Nitesh Pandey dies of cardiac arrest at 2am today in Igatpuri. Rest in peace Nitesh 🙏🏻 #Actor #Anupama.”
This can’t be true but it is. Friend, colleague and a talented actor Nitesh Pandey dies of cardiac arrest at 2am today in Igatpuri. Rest in peace Nitesh 🙏🏻
#Actor #Anupama pic.twitter.com/HJ6PB3BYz2
— DEVEN BHOJANI (@Deven_Bhojani) May 24, 2023
He also released a statement which read, “The day began with two really sad news. Deaths of two very talented people. Had opportunities to direct both of them. Vaibhavi Upadhyay as Jasmine in Sarabhai vs Sarabhai and Nitesh Pandey in a mythological show of Star network. Vaibhavi met with an accident last evening in North India and Nitesh passed away today at 2am due to cardiac arrest in Igatpuri. Life can be so unpredictable. May God bless their souls 🙏🏻.”
Actor Gulshan Deviah tweeted, “Nitesh Pandey : 17 January 1973- 23 May 2023 Good bye sir.”
Nitesh Pandey : 17 January 1973- 23 May 2023
Good bye sir 🙏 pic.twitter.com/LJgUY2BQGC
— “SuperGullu” (@gulshandevaiah) May 24, 2023
Actor Rajeshwari Sachdev also mourned his demise and wrote, “#NiteshPandey … gone too soon! Shocking! Rest in eternal peace 🙏🙏🙏.”
#NiteshPandey … gone too soon! Shocking! Rest in eternal peace 🙏🙏🙏
— rajeshwari sachdev (@rajeshwarisachd) May 24, 2023
Last seen in ‘Anupamaa’ and ‘Pyar Ka Dard Hai Meetha Meetha Pyara Pyara’, Nitesh, who has been a popular face in the television industry for over two decades, was from Almora Kumaon in Uttarakhand.
Nitesh started his journey with theatre in 1990. In 1995, he bagged the role of a detective in ‘Tejas’. He went on to work in serials like ‘Manzilein Apani Apani’, ‘Astitva…Ek Prem Kahani’, ‘Saaya’ and ‘Durgesh Nandini’.
Apart from television, he also worked in films. His work in the National Award winning film ‘Khosla Ka Ghosla’ received widespread appreciation. He also starred in ‘Om Shanti Om’ and ‘Badhaai Do’.
He is now survived by his actress-wife Arpita Pandey.
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