Dubai: Indian actress Sonali Bendre recently became the subject of a death hoax on Twitter.
A few days ago, Indian politician and Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) lawmaker Ram Kadam tweeted a message of condolence for Sonali Bendre.
He later deleted the tweet. In a follow-up tweet, clarified that it was a rumour and wrote: “About Sonali Bendre ji, it was a rumour since last two days. I pray to God for her good health and speedy recovery.”
Screenshots of his tweet condoling the actress’ death were carried by several media outlets. According to newspaper Times of India, Kadam had tweeted in Marathi: “Popular Bollywood and Marathi diva, who has been entertaining us with her performances, which were highly appreciated by her fans, is no more. Sonali Bendre passed away in America.”
Kadam was criticised on the social media site, for spreading insensitive rumours without checking for facts. Twitter user @alokhom12 posted: “@AmitShah we are so pained how the BJP MLA @ramkadam has written about Sonali Bendre. Not done sir.”
The 43-year-old actress’ filmmaker husband Goldie Behl also took to the micro-blogging site to make a plea. He tweeted: “I appeal to all, to please use social media more responsibly. Let us not believe in rumours and spread them, unnecessarily hurting the sentiments of those involved. Thank you.”
I appeal to all to please use social media more responsibly. Let us not believe in rumours and spread them, unnecessarily hurting the sentiments of those involved. Thank you.— goldie behl (@GOLDIEBEHL) September 8, 2018
The actress was diagnosed with metastatic cancer earlier in July and is currently undergoing treatment in New York.
Bendre has continuously shared her journey of battling cancer with her fans through social media and her latest update has triggered an outpouring of wishes and appreciation.
The rumour about her death was buried once and for all when her close friend Sussane Khan shared this picture with Sonali Bendre.