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Indian bride dies of heart attack during wedding; family gets younger sister as substitute

By Melanie Uson Published Mar 01, 2023 3:02 pm Updated Mar 01, 2023 10:34 pm

The show must go on, they say. The same happened in India where a wedding still pushed through after the bride passed on during the ceremony and was replaced by an accidental substitute—her younger sister.

According to a CNN-News18 report, the bride, identified as Hetal, was supposed to marry Vishal, the son of Ranabhai Butabhi Algotar, in a ceremony held in Bhavnagar, Gujarat, India.

The wedding ran normally at first but was halted when the supposed star of the day got dizzy and fainted. She was rushed to a nearby hospital but died shortly after. The doctors told the family that her cause of death was a heart attack. 

Although Hetal's family was mourning her passing, their relatives came up with an alternate plan to resume wedding activities since it was all set up with decorations and guests.

But of course, a wedding wouldn't be complete without a bride. The relatives then decided to get Hetal's younger sister to marry Vishal.  

As the wedding rituals resumed, Hetal’s body was reportedly kept in cold storage until the end of the ceremony. 

City corporator and leader Maldhari Samaj, Laxmanbhai Rathore considers the incident as one that is "very sad" because of how the family gave in to pressure from "members of society" who convinced them to "not send the bridegroom and his family empty-handed."