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Police: NY-born Bollywood starlet found dead by mother

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Bollywood actress Jiah Khan was found dead at her home in Mumbai, India, at the age of 25.

MUMBAI - Bollywood actress Jiah Khan was found dead at her home in Mumbai in an apparent suicide, police said on Tuesday.

Khan, 25, was found hanged in her room on Monday night by her mother, a Mumbai police official said.

Khan made her Bollywood debut in 2007 with Ram Gopal Varma's "Nishabd," playing the 18-year-old female lead opposite one of India's leading actors, Amitabh Bachchan, in a film loosely based on Vladimir Nabokov's classic novel "Lolita."

"Never ever seen a debutant actress with more spunk and more spirit than Jiah when i was directing her in Nishabd," filmmaker Varma wrote on Twitter.

"I dont know the reason what led to this but jiah was very depressed about her career and scared for her future," he said in another tweet.

Khan, whose real name was Nafisa Khan, was born in New York and grew up in London.

"Nishabd" received mixed reviews and did not do well at the Bollywood box office but Khan went on to play supporting roles in two blockbusters, the psychological thriller "Ghajini" in 2008 and the comedy "Housefull" in 2010.

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