Poonam Pandey reported dead at 32 from cervical cancer, but she is alive and well. The news coincided with India’s cervical cancer vaccine plan announcement. Cervical cancer is a major concern in India, the second most common cancer among women.
In a surprising turn of events, Bollywood actor Poonam Pandey, who was reported to have succumbed to cervical cancer at 32. She has refuted the rumors surrounding her demise. Just a day after the news broke, Poonam took to Instagram to share a video assuring her fans, “I am alive.”
The confusion arose after Poonam’s publicist announced her death on Friday, citing cervical cancer as the cause. However, the publicist lacked specific details and claimed that all of Poonam Pandey’s family members were ‘missing in action.’
Netizens quickly became skeptical, questioning the authenticity of the news. Some suggested her account might have been hacked, while others found the situation “fishy.”
Poonam Pandey addressed the issue on her social media. She emphasizing, “I feel compelled to share something significant with you all – I am here, alive. Cervical Cancer didn’t claim me“. She also took the opportunity to shed light on the preventability of Cervical Cancer. She also urges awareness about the HPV vaccine and early detection tests.
The news of Poonam’s alleged death coincidentally came a day after Union Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman unveiled plans to focus on vaccinating girls aged 9 to 14 against cervical cancer in the interim Budget 2024.
The confusion deepened as doubts arose over the authenticity of Poonam’s death. Fans pointed out that she had been active on social media just days before the announcement. She also shared updates on various topics, and making public appearances.
An email allegedly from Poonam Pandey’s manager confirming her death was sent to several media houses, but the provided phone number turned out to be incorrect. This unusual turn of events has sparked discussions about the reliability of the information in the digital age.
Cervical cancer is a significant health concern in India, being the second most common cancer among women, constituting nearly 18 percent of new cancer cases, according to the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC), WHO’s cancer agency.