Just 24 hours after causing internet stir with news of her death, the actor and model Poonam Pandey has confirmed on Instagram via a video message that she is in fact not dead.
On February 2, 2024, the PR team of Poonam Pandey confirmed that she has died of Cervical Cancer at the age of 32 in a post stating, “THIS MORNING IS A TOUGH ONE FOR US. DEEPLY SADDENED TO INFORM YOU THAT WE HAVE LOST OUR BELOVED POONAM TO CERVICAL CANCER. EVERY LIVING FORM THAT EVER CAME IN CONTACT WITH HER WAS MET WITH PURE LOVE AND KINDNESS. IN THIS TIME OF GRIEF. WE WOULD REQUEST FOR PRIVACY WHILE WE REMEMBER HER FONDLY FOR ALL THAT WE SHARED.”
After the news broke, numerous celebrities such as Kangana Ranaut and Anupam Kher posted their thoughts on X.com to express condolences for the actress. However, Poonam's unexpected passing also stirred confusion across the nation, with many speculating it to be merely a publicity stunt. On Friday, several individuals took to social media to assert that the actress appeared healthy and sudden deaths are rare among cervical cancer patients.
But on February 3, 2024 around 12 pm, the actor came live via a video message to confirm she's not dead. In the video message on Instagram, She says “I am alive. I didn’t die because of Cervical Cancer. Unfortunately I cannot say about those hundreds and thousands of women who have lost their lives because of Cervical Cancer. It is not because they could not do anything about it. It is because they had no idea what to do about it. I am here to tell you that Cervical Cancer is preventable. All you have to do is, you have to get your tests done, and get your HPV vaccine. We can do all this and more, to make sure there is no more life lost to this disease. Please log on to PoonamPandeyisAlive.com to get more details.”
An hour later, the Poonam also apologised to public (indirectly) by posting:
We are happy that Poonam is indeed ALIVE, and although her crazy way of spreading awareness about Cervical Cancer may not be well recieved by many, but her efforts to cause a stir and garner attention towards the topic is well appreciated. Women in India, do not take care of their health very seriously and diseases like Cervical Cancer leads to untimely deaths.