‘Indian Idol 2’ winner Sandeep Acharya dies at 29

‘Indian Idol 2’ winner Sandeep Acharya breathed his last on Sunday, at the Medanta Hospital in Gurgaon due to jaundice. His cousin Akshay Acharya confirmed the news, saying "Yes, Sandeep passed away at the Medanta Hospital today. He was suffering from jaundice. We brought him here on Dec 10".  

"Before that he was admitted to a hospital in Bikaner (Rajasthan). He was there for three days after which we brought him to Delhi," he added.

Sandeep won ‘Indian Idol’ in 2006. He released his first album ‘Mere Saath Saara Jahaan’ soon after winning the show.

"He was supposed to release his new album 'O Sanam Tere Bina' mid-December," said Akshay.

Choreographer-filmmaker Farah Khan, music composer Anu Malik and Sonu Nigam, who judged the second season of the singing competition took to twitter to express their grief and shock over the sudden demise of the sensational singing and well-behaved Sandeep.

Farah Khan tweeted: "It's too sad to hear of Sandeep Acharya, winner of 'Indian Idol 2' and my favourite, passing away. Such a gentle boy he was. Not his time to go."

Sonu also felt sad after reading about Sandeep's demise. "Jaundice? Gosh...very sad. The boy was just 29...This year, oh god, is only about deaths I feel. God give his parents some strength," read Sonu's tweet.

Anchor-actress Mini Mathur, who hosted ‘Indian Idol 2’ too shocked with the news. She tweeted: "What a sad, premature goodbye to a talented, ambitious, happy boy. RIP Sandeep Acharya."

Even Sony Entertainment Television expressed their sorrow over the passing away of Sandeep untimely.

"A big loss for all of us with the shocking demise of 'Indian Idol 2' winner Sandeep Acharya. May his soul rest in peace and may God give strength to his family in this extremely difficult time," the channel posted on their Facebook page.

Singer Shreya Ghoshal wished the news to be untrue.

"Just heard about 'Indian Idol' Sandeep Acharya...Shocked. Too young, and a wonderful guy...I still hope this news is untrue," Shreya tweeted.

His body will be brought to his hometown Bikaner where the last rites will be performed.

Our deepest condolence to Sandeep’s family. May his soul rest in peace!