Kannada actor Chirranjeevi Sarja passed away on Sunday in Bengaluru following a heart attack. He was 39.
According to reports, three days ago, Chirranjeevi was taken to a private hospital after he suffered multiple strokes. He returned home after treatment. The actor complained of breathlessness and chest pain on Sunday afternoon. However, he suffered a heart attack on the way to the hospital.
Dr Yatheesh Govindaiah, Unit, Apollo Hospitals, Jayanagar, said in a statement, “The patient, Chiranjeevi Vijaykumar, was bought to Apollo Hospitals, Jayanagar in an unresponsive state at around 2:20 pm today (07 June 2020). The patient was immediately shifted to the emergency room, TRIAGE area for treatment. On examination, he was found unresponsive with absent carotid pulse, cold peripheries and bilateral dilated pupils. Hence Cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) was started according to the latest Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS) protocol. Resuscitation was continued till 3.48 pm. During this time, intravenous medications, inotropes and advanced airway was used, pulse was achieved three times (ROSC), later continued to be asystolic. He was declared dead at 3.48 pm. Our condolences and thoughts are with the family at this difficult time.”
His throat swab sample was also taken for COVID-19 test, TV 9 Kannada reported.
The who’s who of the Kannada film industry, including Sudeep, Darshan, Shivarajkumar, Sri Mural, Prajwal Devaraj and Sumalatha Ambareesh among others, thronged Apollo Hospitals in Jayanagar to pay their respects.
His body will be taken to his residence in Basavangudi. From there, his mortal remains will be transported to his native Madhugiri in Tumkur, where he will be buried tomorrow.
The untimely death of Chirranjeevi Sarja has sent a shock wave across the country.
“Shocking to know @chirusarja is no more. RIP (sic),” tweeted Puneeth Rajkumar.
“Chirranjeevi’s untimely death has caused him a lot of pain. Fate is very cruel. May the god give strength to his family withstand this loss,” Darshan said via Twitter.
Shivarajkumar said that he felt like he lost a brother today. “I knew him since he was young. He was very talented. He used to dance well. He was down to earth and soft-spoken,” he recalled.
Chirranjeevi Sarja is the brother of actor Dhruva Sarja and nephew of actor Arjun Sarja. Chirranjeevi was launched by Arjun who bankrolled the former’s debut movie Vayuputra, the remake of Tamil film Sandakozhi, in 2009. And in a career spanning about ten years, he acted in more than 20 movies.
The actor was last seen in Shivarjuna. He also had a slew of movies in the pipeline, including April, Ranam and Kshatreya whose filming were stopped midway due to the coronavirus-induced lockdown.
Chirranjeevi Sarja is survived by his wife Meghana Raj.
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