Dismissing earlier reports of her demise, Poonam Pandey refuted claims of passing away from cervical cancer in a video posted on Instagram.
The actor, known for her 2011 headline-making statement regarding stripping if India won the cricket World Cup, was falsely reported to have succumbed to cervical cancer at the age of 32, according to her publicist on Friday.
Poonam Pandey, after false death rumors spread by her manager, clarified her alive status in an Instagram video. Expressing concern for the lives lost to cervical cancer due to lack of awareness, she emphasized its preventability through the HPV vaccine and early detection.
Pandey called for collective empowerment and awareness, encouraging women to stay informed and take necessary steps. She launched the hashtag #DeathToCervicalCancer as part of her advocacy to combat the disease’s devastating impact.
World Cancer Day, established on February 4, 2000, during the World Summit Against Cancer for the New Millennium in Paris, aims to raise global awareness and action against cancer. Cervical Cancer Prevention Week 2024 took place from January 22nd to January 28th.
In an unexpected turn of events on Friday, February 2, the entertainment industry and fans were startled by the reported passing of Poonam Pandey due to cervical cancer. The initial announcement surfaced on her Instagram handle by her manager, triggering reactions from numerous celebrities.
The post conveyed deep sorrow, stating, “This morning is a tough one for us. We are 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 privacy while we remember her fondly for all that we shared.”
Contrary to the initial reports, the actress is, in fact, alive and in good health.