Geetanjali Khanna, first wife of Vinod Khanna, dies at 70

Geetanjali Khanna, first wife of late actor Vinod Khanna, passed away on Saturday [15 December] at the family’s farmhouse in Mandva. She was 70.

Geetanjali and her son, actor Akshaye Khanna, were visiting the farmhouse for the weekend. She complained of uneasiness and was taken to a hospital in Chondi village. After being treated there, she returned to the farmhouse. 

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The actor then went out for sometime while she was resting. “When he returned, he enquired with a care-taker about his mother and then went to her bedroom where he found her unconscious. He then called doctors again at the local hospital and also his brother-actor Rahul Khanna in Mumbai. On doctor’s advice, he took his mother to the Alibaug-based civil hospital where she was declared dead,” said police inspector Meghna Burande of Mandva police station to PTI, a news agency.

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A post-mortem was conducted yesterday (16 December) and the body was handed over to the family. “It appeared to be a natural death, but doctors have preserved the viscera to ascertain the exact cause of demise. We recorded Rahul Khanna’s statement and have not found anything suspicious,” the inspector added. 

The last rites took place yesterday at Alibaug.

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Vinod Khanna passed away in April last year. Geetanjali married Vinod Khanna in 1971 and the couple divorced in 1985. The late actor then married Kavita Khanna in 1990.