Drowning was the cause of VG Siddhartha's death: Forensic report concludes
Drowning was the cause of VG Siddhartha's death: Forensic report concludes

Drowning was the cause of VG Siddhartha's death: Forensic report concludes

VG Siddartha's body was recovered about a month ago from the Netravati river near Mangaluru.

Almost a month after the death of Coffee Day founder VG Siddartha, investigating officials concluded that the entrepreneur took his own life.  The body of the 60-year old, who went missing on July 29 at the Nethravati Bridge in Mangaluru, was found near an ice-plant at Hoige Bazar about 9 km away from the bridge. 

The probe into his mysterious death is still underway. However, investigating officials revealed that Siddartha died after he drowned in the river. "Due to submersion in water, the fluid entered the air passages of the body, which put the body into a condition called Asphyxia (deficient supply of oxygen), which subsequently lead to the death," an official familiar with the report said.

Rescue officials recovered Siddartha’s body over 18-hours after he drowned and a substantial amount of water had entered his lungs, the official added. The medical examination has also ruled out foul play as suspicious injuries were found on his body at the time of recovery. 

Speaking to TNM, Mangaluru City Police Commissioner Dr PS Harsha said, "Yes, based on forensic report we can say it’s a case of suicide, but the investigation will continue (on what led him to end hi life) to bring the case into a logical end.”

In a note marked to his employees, VG Siddartha, the son-in-law of former Karnataka Chief Minister SM Krishna, took the blame upon himself for failing to create a profitable business model. He also apologised to people who reposed ‘trust’ on him and mentioned financial debt mounting on his company, pressure from certain stakeholders and also alleged 'harassment' from Income Tax officials that lead to a liquidity crunch for his enterprise. He held himself responsible for committing mistakes in business dealings in the note.

On Sunday, VG Siddhartha’s father Gangaiah Hegde passed away at Gopala Gowda Shanthaveri Memorial Hospital in Mysuru. He was 95, and due to his medical condition, the family had decided against conveying the news of the death of his son to him. 

Story by Story Infinity (Subs and Scribes Media Ventures LLP.)

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Tamil Nadu:

State health department suicide helpline number - 104

Sneha Suicide Prevention Centre - 044-24640050


Telangana government suicide prevention toll free number - 104 

Roshni- 040-66202000, 66202001

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Both are 24-hour helpline numbers.

Andhra Pradesh: 

Life Suicide Prevention Helpline No.78930-78930 

Roshni - 

Helpline 1: 9166202000 

Helpline 2: 9127848584

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