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Death in Bollywood: Who is Jiah Khan's family?

Jiah Khan's sad death is being explored in new BBC documentary

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Francesca Shillcock
Senior Features Writer
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Death in Bollywood has gripped viewers this week. The three-part series, aired over consecutive nights, has explored the tragic death of Bollywood actress Jiah Kahn, who took her own life in 2013 aged just 25 years old.

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Many are keen to know the finer details surrounding her death, but less is known about her early life and family. Here's what we know below…

Who is Rabbiya Amin's husband and Jiah Khan's father?

Rabbiya's husband was an Indian-American businessman, Ali Rizvi Khan. The couple had relocated to America welcomed their daughter, Jiah, on 20 February 1988 in New York City.

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Jiah sadly died in 2013

Their father abandoned the family when Jiah was just two years old, and she never maintained a relationship with him. Her mother remarried Thomas Puppendahl. The actress was the oldest of three children and was close with her two younger sisters, Kavita and Karishma.

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Jiah Khan was a successful Bollywood actress

What have Jiah Khan's family said about her death?

In an interview with the Observer in 2017, Jiah's mother and sisters opened up about the effect her death had on them. Her sister Kavita recalled the moment she was due to go and meet her older sister before her tragic death. "We bombarded each other with emojis," she told the publication. "We couldn't wait to see each other."

In the same interview, Rabbiya opened up about the final conversation she'd had with her daughter: "I said the typical mummy-ish things about how she mustn't forget to eat. She needed to gain weight for a film role. We laughed about how she could have any food she wanted. She sounded relaxed and happy."

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Rabbiya features on the BBC documentary

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Jiah's mother remains convinced that the circumstances surrounding her daughter's death are suspicious, despite it being ruled as a suicide.

The three-part BBC series, which began airing on Monday evening, seeks to explore Jiah's life leading up to her death and her personal life, including her relationship with Sooraj. A private investigator that Rabiya hired, Jason Payne James, also features in the documentary, unpicking key bits of evidence that raise questions surrounding her death.

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