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Former Miss India Nafisa Joseph commits suicide
Updated: 2004-07-31 09:47

Former Miss India Nafisa Joseph committed suicide in Bombay on Thursday. [AFP/File]
A former Miss India, Nafisa Joseph, who was a television actress and presenter for entertainment channel MTV, committed suicide in Bombay, police said.

The 25-year-old Joseph hanged herself at her home late Thursday in a suburb of the country's entertainment and financial capital.

Joseph, who captured the Miss India title in 1997, killed herself in her bedroom, police said.

Former Miss India and television anchor Nafisa Joseph, 25, committed suicide by hanging herself from a ceiling fan at her home in Bombay, police said July 30, 2004. Joseph's mother told reporters the model ended her life after her wedding planned for next month was called off. Joseph, who won the Miss India crown in 1997, is seen browsing through Ismail Merchant's book 'My Passage from India', at the book's launch in this file photo taken in Bombay February 23, 2003. [Reuters]

Her mother found her and took her to a nearby hospital but the beauty queen was declared dead on arrival.

"Police are investigating the case and trying to find out the reason for Nafisa to have taken such a step. She left no suicide note," assistant police commissioner Arun Waluj told AFP.

One media report said she had had an argument with her boyfriend before committing suicide.

Joseph was originally from the southern high-tech Indian city of Bangalore.

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