Musician Karan Thomas Joseph suicide: Mumbai police now probing abettment angle
The alleged suicide of noted pianist Karan Thomas Joseph in Mumbai on Saturday sent shock waves through the indie music community. Joseph, a Berklee College of Music alum known as 'Madfingers' on the music circuit, had reportedly leapt to his death from the 12th floor apartment of a friend in Bandra, at around 8.45 am on Saturday morning.
Mumbai Mirror report dated 11 September now claims that the police is probing a possible abettment angle in Karan's suicide. As per the report, the 29-year-old musician had sent several text messages to his mother (who lives in Bengaluru) telling her that he 'feared for his life and had been beaten up by somebody'.
The report quoted Karan's father Thomas as saying, "My wife Tina received several messages from my son in the last few days, claiming that he was afraid and someone was beating him up." He also said that the family had repeatedly inquired about Karan's problems, but he refused to elaborate.
The pianist was reportedly watching TV with the owner of the apartment (Rishi Shah, the publisher of RAVE magazine) and another friend on Saturday morning, when — as per their accounts — he rushed to the window and leapt out. He was rushed to Bhabha Hospital, where he was declared dead on arrival.
An accidental death report was filed by the Bandra Police. The report quoted Senior Police Inspector Pandit Thackeray, of the Bandra Police Station, as saying the post-mortem report indicated no assault marks on Karan's body, apart from the multiple fractures he sustained in the fall.
Further investigations in the case are now underway.