Sandeep Acharya, who won the second season of the singing reality show Indian Idol in 2006, passed away in a Gurgaon hospital on Sunday. He was brought in on 10th December and was suffering from jaundice. According to Hindustan Times, his cousin said that he had first been admitted to a hospital in Bikaner. They had to shift him to Gurgaon when his condition worsened.
Sandeep was born and brought up in Bikaner and soon after winning Indian Idol 2, he had released his first album Mere Saath Saara Jahan. He had also participated in a TV show called Jalwa 4 2 ka 1. According to his cousin Akshay, he was to release his new album O Sanam Tere Bina by mid-December.
Indian Idol judges and others from the music industry took to Twitter to express their condolences. Their tweets read:
Sonu Nigam @sonuniigaam: Sandeep Acharya died? Oh my God. His Wikipedia has been modified 15 minutes back… any1 knows how? I’m so so sad. What a beautiful soul.
Shreya Ghoshal @shreyaghoshal: Just heard about Indian Idol Sandeep Acharya.. Shocked. Too young, and a wonderful guy.. I still hope this news is untrue..
Farah Khan @TheFarahKhan: Its too sad to hear of sandeep. Acharya,winner of indian idol 2 n my favorite,passing away. Such a gentle boy he was .Not his time 2 go.
Salim Merchant @salim_merchant: shocked to hear about sandeep acharya’s demise. Have met him several times..may his soul RIP. Prayers..
Toshi Sabri @ToshiSabrii: Shocked to hear abt Sandeep acharya..deeply saddned….rip
Shweta Pandit @ShwetaPandit7: How did Sandeep Acharya pass away like this at 29?!! Just met him recently in Jaipur. Was a sweet and humble person. RIP
Neha Bhasin @bhasinneha: I didn’t know Sandeep Acharya but my heart’s saddened by his young death. He was blessed with a baby a month bk n now hes gone n tooo soon
Sugandha Mishra @mishrasugandha: Omg its just unbelievable..got to know about Indian idol winner Sandeep Acharya.. dat he is no more..Words feel inadequate to express the sadness that we feel..May the Angelic Soul Rest in Paradise.
Mini Mathur @minimathur: What a sad, premature goodbye to a talented, ambitious, happy boy. RIP Sandeep Acharya.
Kamaal R Khan – KRK @KamaalKhan_KRK: RIP Indian Idol Sandeep Acharya. Too young to die!
Gopal Joshi, MLA of Bikaner-West, said, “I am shocked to know that Sandeep is no more. May his soul rest in peace.”
Sony Entertainment Television posted their Facebook page, “A big loss for all of us… may God give strength to his family in this extremely difficult time.”
Sandeep is survived by his wife and one month old daughter. His last rites will be performed in Bikaner. We at Bollyspice offer our condolences to the entire family.