India, Sept. 7 -- Sidharth Shukla's family has issued a statement requesting the late actor's fans and well-wishers to give them some space to overcome this grief.

Shukla, 40, passed away last week after reportedly suffering from a heart attack, leaving his close ones as well as his fans in shock. He is survived by his mother, Rita Shukla, and two sisters.

"Heartfelt gratitude to everyone who has been a part of Sidharth's journey and showered him with unconditional love. It definitely doesn't end here as he now resides in our hearts forever! Sidharth valued his privacy, hence we request you to allow our family the privacy to grieve," read the statement.

"A special Thank You to the Mumbai Police force for their sensitivity and compassion....