Indian Bollywood star, 32, who ‘died’ is revealed to be still alive after she faked her own death in a publicity stunt to raise awareness for cervical cancer
- Poonam Pandey (32) was announced on Friday as having died of cancer
- But in a video today, she revealed to her 1.3 million fans that she is still alive
- The actress performed the hoax to create greater awareness of cervical cancer
A Bollywood star and model who lied about her death says she is ‘proud’ of the publicity stunt and says it has helped raise awareness of cervical cancer.
Poonam Pandey, 32, was announced to have died of the disease on Friday in a social media message to her 1.3 million fans posted by her management team.
The Instagram post read: ‘This morning is a tough one for us. Deeply saddened to inform you that we have lost our beloved Poonam to cervical cancer.
“Every living form that ever came into contact with her was met with pure love and kindness.”
The news was confirmed by her manager Nikita Sharma, who told local media: ‘Poonam Pandey, the beloved actress and social media personality, tragically passed away this morning due to cervical cancer, leaving the entertainment industry in shock and mourning.
Bollywood star Poonam Pandey says she is ‘proud’ of publicity stunt in which she announced her death, saying it helped raise awareness about cervical cancer
Just a day after the death announcement, the actress set the record straight with a video revealing she is still alive as part of a campaign to raise awareness about cervical cancer
“Her steadfast spirit in the midst of her health problems was truly remarkable.”
Sharma also highlighted the ‘critical need for increased awareness and proactive measures against preventable diseases like cervical cancer’.
News of her death was reported in media outlets around the world, including MailOnline.
But just a day later, the actress set the record straight with a video revealing that she is still alive, Sky News reports.
Pandey apologized to her fans and said, ‘Yes, I faked my death. Extreme, I know. But suddenly we’re all talking about cervical cancer, aren’t we?
‘I am proud of what my death was able to achieve.
‘Unlike some other cancers, cervical cancer is completely preventable. The key lies in the HPV vaccine and early detection tests. We have the means to ensure that no one loses their life to this disease.
“Let’s empower each other with critical awareness and ensure that every woman is informed about the steps to take.”
In a later post, she urged disgruntled fans to ‘express your frustration’, adding ‘bit’s not just lip service, but I commit my whole body to the service of cervical cancer.’
Pandey, from Kanpur, India, gained considerable notoriety when she promised to turn out for Team India if they won the ICC Cricket World Cup in 2011.
She made her Bollywood debut in 2013 in the film Nasha, in which she played the lead role of Anita – a seductive drama teacher who becomes involved in a disastrous romance with a teenage student.
Pandey last appeared in the Indian reality show ‘Lock Upp’, which saw celebrities detained in a prison and forced to perform various tasks to earn their freedom.
She has also appeared in films like Love is Poison, Malini & Co, and The Journey of Karma along with a successful modeling career.
The post to Pandey’s 1.3 million followers on Friday read: ‘This morning is a tough one for us. ‘Deeply saddened to inform you that we have lost our beloved Poonam to cervical cancer. ‘Every living form that ever came into contact with her was met with pure love and kindness’
The model said on Saturday she was ‘proud of what my death was able to achieve’