In a shocking revelation, Poonam Pandey, the renowned model, actor, and reality star, passed away at the age of 32 after a courageous battle with cervical cancer. The news, announced by her manager Nikita Sharma, has left the entertainment industry in grief and fans mourning the loss of a social media icon.
Nikita Sharma shared, “Poonam Pandey, the beloved actress and social media personality, has tragically passed away this morning due to Cervical Cancer, leaving the entertainment industry in shock and mourning.” She praised Poonam’s indomitable spirit during her health struggles and emphasized the critical need for increased awareness and proactive measures against preventable diseases like cervical cancer.
Poonam’s official Instagram page also featured a statement from her team, expressing the profound sadness of losing the vibrant personality. “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 in contact with her was met with pure love and kindness. In this time of grief, we would request privacy while we remember her fondly for all that we shared.”
With over a billion followers on Instagram, Poonam Pandey rose to fame during the 2011 Cricket World Cup when she promised to strip if India won the final. Known for her controversial statements and bold videos, she remained a captivating presence on social media and participated in the Kangana Ranaut-led reality show ‘Lock Upp’ in 2022, further expanding her fan base.
Born in Kanpur on March 11, 1991, Poonam began her career as a model, gaining recognition as one of the top nine contestants in the Gladrags Manhunt and Megamodel Contest. She made her on-screen debut with the 2013 film “Nasha,” a controversial project that stirred public reactions. Her popularity extended to Instagram and various platforms, where she shared provocative content and made headlines with promises and bold actions.
Despite facing controversies, including the ban of her app by Google, Poonam continued her career in the entertainment industry. She ventured into Bhojpuri, Telugu, and Hindi films, participating in TV shows like Fear Factor: Khatron Ke Khiladi 4 and ‘Lock Upp.’ Her last film release was the 2018 movie “The Journey of Karma,” after which she focused on creating exclusive content for her website and app.
Poonam’s personal life was marked by ups and downs, including a tumultuous relationship with her long-time boyfriend Sam Bombay, whom she married in 2020. Incidents of assault and legal troubles ensued, leading to a separation in 2021.
As fans and the industry remember Poonam Pandey for her vibrant presence and contributions to the world of entertainment, her untimely demise serves as a poignant reminder of the battles individuals face behind the glamorous facade of fame.
(With inputs from agencies)