NEW DELHI : Sunanda Pushkar Tharoor, wife of union minister Shashi Tharoor, has been found dead at the five-star The Leela Palaces Hotel in Delhi, two days after she said she was deeply disturbed by an alleged affair her husband was having with a Pakistani journalist. (Read: Unseemly Twitter war involving Tharoors) Mrs Tharoor was 52 years old and has a 21-year-old son from an earlier marriage. Mr Tharoor allegedly informed the police of his wife’s death, reported the Press Trust of India. Sources said a suicide note has not been found. (Condolences pour in on Twitter) Mr Tharoor tweeted at 8:01 pm today that he would not attend the Jaipur Literature Festival because his wife was unwell. On Wednesday, in a series of tweets, she accused the Pakistani reporter, Mehr Tarar, of “stalking” the minister. (Blog: I wish Tharoors happily ever after, says Pakistani journalist) That evening, she told NDTV on the phone that she planned to seek a divorce and was “heart-broken”, details not reported by NDTV because it was seen as a private matter. She said she wanted to do an interview with NDTV. In a phone interview on air yesterday, she said she was happily married, but reiterated her charges against Ms Tarar. (Happily married and intend to remain that way: Shashi Tharoor, wife Sunanda after Twitter row) The couple then issued a statement which said they are “happily married” and intend to stay that way.” The statement added that Mrs
Tharoor was unwell and sought privacy from the media. The Tharoors were married in 2010. A few months before their wedding, Mr Tharoor was forced to resign from his first ministerial post after allegations that Sunanda, a Dubai-based entrepreneur, had been given free stake worth 50 crores in the new Kerala team for the cash-rich Indian Premier League. Opposition parties alleged that the “sweat equity” worth an alleged 70 crores, was actually a payment to Mr Tharoor for behind-the-scene services for arranging the sale of the team in his home state to a consortium.