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Tuesday, April 18, 2006

Chennai (UNI): Noted film and television actor Vaishnavi was found dead in her residence in the upmarket Annanagar area in the city last evening, police today said. Police sources suspect it was a case of suicide. The actor's father Thanigai Nathan said he saw Vaishanvi (20), hanging from the ceiling fan in her room.

Police, quoting the preliminary report said the starlet might have taken the extreme step due to mental stress as she had to simultaneously attend to her education and pursue her career on the small screen. Vaishnavi had starred in a popular television serials including K Balachander's ''Anni'' on Jaya TV and ''Manaivi'' on Sun TV, besides hosting a film comedy show on Sun TV.

She caught the attention of TV viewers with her performance as Anjali in ''Anni'' in which she used to utter her trademark ''Enakku Aiyyonnu Irukku'' whenever she became emotional. She had also acted in the Rajnikanth-starrer Baba as one of the sisters of Manisha Koirala, the leading lady in the film.

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