Jiah Khan (born Nafisa Rizvi Khan, 20 February 1988 – 3 June 2013) was a British-American actress and singer who appeared in three Hindi films from 2007 to 2010.
Born in New York City and raised in London, she was the niece of actresses Sangeeta and Kaveeta. Khan always aspired to pursue a career in acting and moved to Mumbai for a film career. She made her film debut in the 2007 Ram Gopal Verma film Nishabd for which she was nominated for Filmfare Award for Best Female Debut. She was later noted for portraying a modern, independent woman in Ghajini which was the highest-grossing Bollywood film of 2008. Her performance in the latter earned her significant acclaim. Her final film appearance was in Sajid Khan's romantic comedy Housefull, which was the fifth highest-grossing Bollywood film of 2010. Khan had catapulted herself into the Bollywood 100 Crore Club with Ghajini and Housefull.
On 3 June 2013, she was found hanging from a ceiling fan in her bedroom of her family's residence at the Sagar Sangeet building in Juhu, Mumbai. Initially suspected a suicide, her mother later claimed that Khan was murdered by her boyfriend Sooraj Pancholi, after several inconsistencies and defensive marks were found. The investigation is ongoing, with the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) leading the charge.
Khan reportedly committed suicide by hanging herself from a ceiling fan at approximately 11:45 pm in her own bedroom of her Juhu family's residence in Mumbai on Monday, 3 June 2013, while her mother, Rabiya, and sister, Kavita, were not at home.