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Shah Rukh calls fan's death during Raees promotions 'unfortunate'

The Raees actor says he’s saddened by the tragic turn of events that marred his Mumbai to New Delhi rail journey.

Our Correspondent

Shah Rukh Khan reached Delhi's Hazrat Nizamuddin station and issued a statement on the death of a fan at Vadodara yesterday evening.

As part of Raees promotions, Khan undertook a train journey from Mumbai to Delhi on a train. Fans had gathered to get a glimpse of the actor at the first stop Vadodara. Social activist Farid Khan Pathan of Hatikhana area of Vadodara, reached the Vadodara station with his wife and daughter as the family adores the actor, and also to meet his journalist niece who had accompanied Khan. 

Pathan reportedly fell unconscious after a cardiac arrest and was rushed to hospital where he was declared dead.

The chaos at the station led to a stampede with few getting hurt. It is still not clear as to whether Pathan lost his life during the stampede. 

While a report on his death is awaited, Shah Rukh Khan expressed his deepest condolences upon reaching the Hazrat Nizamuddin station.

Calling the incident unfortunate, the 51-year-old actor said he was saddened and praying the family of the deceased stays strong. 

"One of our colleagues was travelling with us, her uncle came to see her at Vadodara. He suffered a cardiac arrest. It was really unfortunate," Khan told the media. 

"We started the journey thinking we all will travel, spend time with each other... When one of your own loses someone on a trip like this, it saddens us all."

But some reports suggest he died because of suffocation due to the teeming crowds.

The actor, shocked to hear about the death, said: "On behalf of everyone, our prayers and blessings are with the whole family. We have some of our people with the family there."

A large number of fans thronged the Vadodara station to see the actor. In a bid to get a better view, many started banging the windows of the air-conditioned coach. Stones were thrown to grab the actor's attention.