- Actor Poonam Pandey, known for her 2011 statement about stripping if India won the cricket World Cup, was said to have passed away from cervical cancer at 32, as announced by her publicist on Friday.
Poonam Pandey’s agency announced she had passed away from cervical cancer, but she contradicted the claim in an Instagram video on Saturday, stating, ‘I am Alive.’ The actor, known for her 2011 statement about stripping if India won the cricket World Cup, was reported to have died from cervical cancer at the age of 32, according to her publicist on Friday.
Notably, Poonam Pandey’s publicist initially lacked details about her reported death and later released a statement stating that all of Poonam Pandey’s family members were ‘missing in action’.
“I feel compelled to share something significant with you all – I am here, alive. Cervical Cancer didn’t claim me,” Poonam Pandey posted a day after the news of her apparent death broke the internet, leaving her fans disheartened.
Discussing Cervical Cancer, Poonam Pandey mentioned on her Instagram post, “It has claimed the lives of thousands of women due to a lack of knowledge on how to tackle this disease. Unlike some other cancers, Cervical Cancer is entirely preventable. The key lies in the HPV vaccine and early detection tests.”
“We have the means to ensure no one loses their life to this disease. Let’s empower one another with critical awareness and ensure every woman is informed about the steps to take. Visit the link in the bio to delve deeper into what can be done. Together, let’s strive to put an end to the devastating impact of the disease and bring,” Poonam Pandey captioned the video.
The news of Poonam Pandey’s death surfaced a day after Union Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman announced the government’s plans to focus on vaccination against cervical cancer for girls aged 9 to 14 as part of her interim Budget 2024.
On Friday, the internet found itself divided over the news of Poonam Pandey’s death. Doubts began soon after with several Instagram followers suggesting the news could be fake because she was last seen only three days ago in Goa and frequently before that as well.
Poonam Pandey was active on social media throughout January with posts on the Ram temple, the Lakshadweep-Maldives controversy, and her identity as a “Bharat citizen”. There were videos of her swimming, riding a bike, speaking about “Bigg Boss” winner, and her former co-contestant from the reality show “Lock Upp” Munawwar Faruqui, along with several appearances at events.
An email purportedly from Poonam Pandey’s manager Nikita Sharma went to several media houses confirming that the actor had died of cervical cancer. However, the phone number associated with that email turned out to be wrong.
Cervical cancer is the second most common cancer in women in India and accounts for close to 18 per cent of new cancer cases, according to the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC), WHO’s cancer agency.