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Allu Arjun remembers Puneeth Rajkumar: ‘A great soul, superstar and the pride of south…’

Allu Arjun opened up about Puneeth Rajkumar's death at the trailer launch of Pushpaka Vimanam, and recalled their strong bond.

By: Entertainment Desk | New Delhi |
Updated: October 31, 2021 11:07:55 am
Allu ArjunAllu Arjun recalls his bond with Puneeth Rajkumar at the trailer launch of Pushpaka Vimanam. (Photo: Instagram/Puneeth Rajkumar, Allu Arjun)

Actor Puneeth Rajkumar’s sudden death on October 29 left behind a legion of grieving fans. His last rites were performed today on Sunday (October 31) with state honours, in Bengaluru, Karnataka. Several celebrities mourned his death, including Samantha Ruth Prabhu, Chiranjeevi, Rakul Preet Singh, Rana Daggubati, Junior NTR. Lakhs of fans appeared with posters at the Kanteerava stadium for a last glimpse at Puneeth.

Allu Arjun opened up about his death at the trailer launch of Pushpaka Vimanam. At the launch, an emotional Arjun recalled his strong bond of friendship with Puneeth, and how he would visit his residence. He talked about the unpredictability of life and was shocked when Rana Daggubati called to give him the news.

“We had a mutual respect for each other. Suddenly he’s not there. Suddenly, he’s just not there. When I heard the news the first time, I was shocked. It’s gotten heavy on me, just in a click of a snap, I was so shocked. Life is so unpredictable, we just don’t know. I understand that all of us are in the same zone. A great soul, superstar Puneeth Rajkumar, who has done so much for Kannada industry, the big pride of South industry and the film industry.” He asked the audience to stand up and pay their respect for him as well.

 

Actor Chiranjeevi, who was present at the funeral, called it a great loss as well. He told ANI, “It’s a great loss to Kannada film industry…losing our Appu, the Power Star of Karnataka. He was very close to our family… Many memories with him, right from his father Rajkumar’s times.” Kichcha Sudeep wrote an emotional farewell post too.

Puneeth had suffered a heart attack on October 29 and was admitted to the hospital’s intensive care unit. He developed chest pain in the morning and visited his family doctor for an ECG. Following the ECG, he was asked to rush to the hospital. He was admitted to Vikram Hospital’s ICU in a serious condition around 11.30 am, a doctor at the hospital said.

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