Indira Naidoo's Sister Manika Naidoo Died From Suicide
Indira Naidoo's sister Manika Naidoo took her own life on May 20, 2022. Her funeral ceremony happened on May 29, 2020, in Melbourne.
Naidoo's family had disclosed the sad news on social media, but they had not provided specifics about the tragic news.
Fans have learned that Indira's most recent novel, The Space Between the Stars, is about how people may heal naturally after a tragic incident.
In June 2022, Naidoo spoke of her heartbreaking loss in a podcast. She claimed that her sister had mental health issues that worsened during the lockdown. Moreover, she also talked about her bonding with her sister.
Naidoo said: 'We were always tight, inseparable really. We had lived in five different countries by the time I was 13."
She described her sister as an angel with dimples and a wide smile. Her sister was a brilliant thinker, called a "dark outcast and a clever nonconformist."
In addition, she also called Manika remained "generally unsettled." She said: 'Manika wasn't looking for what most people looked for. She saw great pain, great unrest, and great injustices.'
Indira said they had been in regular contact, but Manika's mental health had deteriorated "even before lockdown." Her sister remained distressed and angry and sadly took her own life.
Broadcaster Indira Naidoo's world was turned upside down when her younger sister passed away unexpectedly. Ultimately, she sought solace in her metropolitan surroundings and was drawn to a fig tree that overlooked Sydney Harbour. This guided her in writing The Space Between the Stars.