Pianist Karan Joseph's tragic death: What we know so far
Considered one of the most promising musicians on the indie circuit, keyboardist Karan Joseph, 29, jumped off a Bandra high-rise on Saturday morning. All pictures/Karan Joseph Facebook
Joseph, known in the industry as Madfingers, allegedly committed suicide from a 12th floor flat in Bandra Bandstand's Concorde Apartments.
According to the police, Joseph may have been battling depression, but they are probing other angles, including a drug overdose
The flat at Concorde belonged to Rishi Shah alias Arun, who Joseph had met in Bangalore a few months ago. They quickly turned friends and Shah invited Joseph over to Mumbai. The musician arrived in the city a month ago and was living with Shah since. According to officials from Bandra police station, Joseph was finding it difficult to adjust to life here, and was particularly upset about a specific something
Joseph, Shah and a female friend had spent Friday night at a friend's party and returned home Saturday morning. According to the police, who have filed an Accidental Death Report in the case, the three were watching television at Shah's home when suddenly Joseph got up, walked towards the window and jumped out. Shah and the friend say they had no inkling of what Joseph was about to do
He was rushed to the nearby Bhabha Hospital where the doctors pronounced him dead. According to senior police inspector Pandit Thackeray, "We received a call at 8.30 am about a person having committed suicide. We took him to Bhabha Hospital. We have recorded the statement of friends and have informed his parents"
A young musician from Bandra, who had frequently played with Joseph, said on condition of anonymity that some of his friends were concerned about his proximity to Shah. They didn't think he was a good influence. He alleges that Shah was supplying drugs to Joseph, who was taken in by the opulent life Shah led. "Everything was going good for him, except this character [Shah] who he had made friends with. Shah turned him against his friends," he says
Indian-American media entrepreneur, Rishi Shah is CEO and publisher of Crossbones Media, which publishes RAVE, a magazine that focuses on homegrown music
A week ago, Shah went live with Joseph on Rave World's Facebook page. In the video that's up on YouTube, Shah says in a marked American accent that he was surprised that when he was looking high and low for a pianist, everyone he asked mentioned no one but Joseph. He then introduces the pianist, who comes across as a shy young man but displays astounding piano skills in the clip. In pic (Rishi Shah)
Karan Joseph had sent a despairing message to his mother just a day before his suicide, to tell her he was in trouble. The indie musician had told her that he was in financial distress and felt threatened by people around him. His mother tried to calm him down, never imagining that the very next morning, he would jump to death from a Bandra high-rise
On Sunday, his father Thomas Joseph went to Cooper Hospital to take his body after the autopsy was over. Pic/Satej Shinde
Karan Joseph's father told mid-day, "On Friday, around 8 pm, Karan had messaged his mother saying he was in trouble. Without specifying any name, Karan said that people around him were threatening him. He spoke about his financial problems and how most of his friends had abandoned him."
"Throughout the conversation, his mother was trying to calm him and, by the end of the chat, he did sound fine and emotionally stable. The conversation ended in such a way that though we were worried about our son, we never thought that he would commit suicide the next day," recalled Karan Joseph's mother Tina, a Bengaluru-based paediatrician
Karan Joseph's former girlfriend and musician said: First things first - I will say that Rishi Shah and his flatmates need to be interrogated further. Karan was a good friend and ex-boyfriend of mine. I don't know the reason behind his death because I haven't been in tthe countryfor six months. I think there may have been more than alcohol involved. That's all I know for now. I spoke to Karan a month ago, and he didn't show any signs of depression or anxiety. I think it may have been more than a case of depression and may not have been suicide. You'll need to track down Rishi and his roommates and check
A day after Karan Joseph jumped from the 12th storey of Concorde Apartments in Bandra West, his post-mortem was performed at Cooper Hospital yesterday. The preliminary report suggests that he died due to multiple fractures with injuries to vital organs. Samples will be sent for forensic examination to ascertain if he was under the influence of alcohol or drug.
Two days after pianist Karan Joseph plunged to death from the 12th floor of Concorde Apartments in Bandra West, the Bandra police yesterday registered an FIR for abetment of suicide against unidentified persons. The police are investigating different angles, but sources said that they suspect Karan may have taken the extreme step due to monetary disputes
Karan Joseph's father, Dr Thomas Joseph, visited the Bandra police station and lodged the complaint yesterday. He did not wish to comment after the FIR was registered but had told mid-day on Sunday, "I had last spoken to Karan four days ago, he did not sound unhappy. Something wrong happened to him"
Following the registration of the FIR, the police continued to record the statements of Karan's friends and also recovered a message that the musician had sent to one of his friends at 5.02 am on Saturday
Karan had spoken to one of his friends early on Saturday morning and had also sent a message to his friend whose statement we recorded on Monday. In the message, Karan had told his friend that he was being beaten up and was in trouble
Friends who were close to Karan Joseph say there are troubling discrepancies in the timeline of events as depicted by his friend and landlord Rishi Shah. After his body was handed over to his family members, who had arrived in the city from Bengaluru on Saturday night, it was taken to the Shivaji Park crematorium, where his final rites were conducted around 7 pm