Actor Kabir Bedi opened his heart out about the death of his son, Siddharth Bedi, who committed suicide in 1997, at the age of 25, after being diagnosed with schizophrenia, during the launch of his book Stories I Must Tell: The Emotional Journey of an Actor. He said that the wounds heal, but the scars will always remain. He further said that it is important in such situations for the family to stand by the one suffering from mental illness.
Speaking with Bollywood Hungama, he said, "Siddharth was a very brilliant young man… He was exceptional in his abilities, and then suddenly, one day, he couldn't think. We tried so hard to first figure out what was wrong, and for three years, we battled these unknown ghosts, and eventually he had this extremely violent breakout in the streets of Montreal, and it took eight policemen to nail him down. And then, the doctors in Montreal finally diagnosed him as schizophrenic." Also Read - Check Your Privilege! Pooja Bedi Faces Flak From Netizens Over Her 'Don't Let The Virus Cage You' Tweet
The family tried to battle with Siddharth's illness but at the end 'he chose to go'. Kabir was quoted as saying, "I lost, he chose to go.' He said that in his book, he wanted to capture what it is like for families that go through something like this, 'because the person they are seeing is not the person they knew'. He said that regardless of how hard he tried, the 'guilt is enormous'.
Siddharth's sister Pooja Bedi had also written about her brother in her blog. She wrote, "I miss my brother Siddharth deeply. We were inseparable as kids. Same school, same friends, same room. We travelled together, fought, laughed and loved each other madly. His being diagnosed with schizophrenia and his suicide in 1997 left my life changed forever. He was a, sensitive, caring, gentle and witty person. He was amazingly bright too, and had graduated from Carnegie Mellon University with Honours. The void of his death and subsequently my mother's death in 1998 is something I can never fill."
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