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Sushant Singh Rajput's family plans a foundation to support young talent

In a heartfelt note, the late actor's family recalled Rajput's easy laugh, his sparkling eyes and his endless rants about science and revealed plans to keep his memory alive.

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Sushant Singh Rajput’s death by suicide on 14 June had shocked the entire country even in the midst of a deadly pandemic.

The actor’s family has now shared a heart-warming note, remembering him on the 13th day of his death.

Sushant Singh Rajput (21 January 1986–14 June 2020): A star that shone briefly and was gone

'He was free-spirited, talkative and extremely bright,' read the note from the Rajput family. 'He was curious about just everything. He dreamed without restraints and chased those dreams with the heart of a lion. He smiled generously. He was the pride and inspiration of the family. His telescope was his most prized possession, through which he fondly gazed at the stars.'

Sushant Singh Rajput's family's statement

To honour the actor's memory and legacy, the family has decided to set up the Sushant Singh Rajput Foundation (SSRF) which will support young talent in areas that were close to his heart — cinema, science and sports.

The statement also said the actor's childhood home in Patna would be converted into a memorial with his personal belongings like his favourite books and his 'most prized possession', his telescope.

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The note further said, 'We can’t bring ourselves to accept that we wouldn’t get to hear his easy laugh anymore. That we wouldn’t see his sparkling eyes again. That we wouldn’t hear his endless rants about science again. His loss has created a permanent glaring void in the family that will never be filled. He truly loved and cherished every single one of his fans.'

The family intends to maintain Rajput's Instagram, Twitter and Facebook pages as legacy accounts to keep his memory alive. The actor was cremated in Mumbai on 15 June. The post-mortem report confirmed that the death was caused by asphyxiation and police have ruled it a suicide.