Sameer Sharma [Courtesy]

Indian TV actor and model Sameer Sharma has died in a suspected suicide, according to local reports. The 44-year-old Kyunki Saas Bhi Kabhi Bahu Thi star was found in the kitchen of his Malad home in Mumbai on August 5, according to Hindustan times.

An officer from Malad police station said, according to the site: “The actor was staying at first floor of Neha CHS building, Ahinsa Marg in Malad (west). "On Wednesday a security guard found him dead and alerted the society members.”

George Fernandes, senior inspector from Malad police station added: “We have registered a case of accidental death (ADR) and sent his body to a government hospital for autopsy.” According to police, he had rented the apartment in February. The investigation is ongoing and a case of accidental death has been registered.

"We have not found any evidence that suggests he may have been killed. Also, no suicide note has been found at the house so far. We are still investigating the case," an officer said, reports NDTV. Fans of the star took to social media to share messages of sadness and some added that an investigation should be concluded before it is deemed that Sameer took his own life.

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One upset fan typed on Twitter: "Shocked and saddened to know that #sameersharma is no more RIP Don't assume this as suicide without any legal investigation." A second added: "What is happening in this lockdown? We have lost soo many beautiful souls RIP #SameerSharm a #SHOCKING."

Others typed: "If there is no any suicide note then how can you say it's suicide.." and "There should definitely be a proper investigation about Sameer Sharma's death!!" Before finding fame Sameer worked for an advertising agency in Bangalore.

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He moved to Mumbai to become an actor and got his big break on playing Nitin on Star One's Dil Kya Chahta Hai. As well as having an impressive number of acting credits he also modelled in several ad campaigns.