Sidharth Shukla’s family issued their first statement after his passing away Thursday. They thanked fans and well-wishers for their love and said they would like privacy to have their share of grief. They also expressed gratitude to the Mumbai Police for their support.
“Heartfelt gratitude to everyone who has been a part of Sidharth’s journey and showered him with unconditional love. It definitely doesn’t end here as he now resides in our hearts forever! Sidharth valued his privacy, hence we request you to allow our family the privacy to grieve,” the statement read.
“A special Thank You to the Mumbai Police force for their sensitivity and compassion. They have been like a shield, protecting us and standing by us every minute of the day! Please keep him in your thoughts and prayers. Om Shanti -The Shukla Family,” it added.
Sidharth, who is known for his performances in shows such as Babul Ka Aangann Chootey Na, Love U Zindagi and Dil Se Dil Tak, rose to fame with his Balika Vadhu stint. He participated in Bigg Boss 13 and emerged as the winner.
In Sunday Ka Vaar episode, Bigg Boss OTT host Karan Johar paid an emotional tribute to Sidharth on the show and called him the ‘favourite member’ of the Bigg Boss family. “This is something we are all still finding hard to believe. It is like I am numb, I can’t even breathe. Sid was a good son, a great friend and just an amazing guy to be around and be with. His positive vibe and that smile won so many millions of hearts,” he said.