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Puneeth Rajkumar funeral LIVE Updates: Emotional Chiranjeevi calls late actor Power star of Karnataka, says it’s a great loss

Puneeth Rajkumar Latest Updates, Puneeth Rajkumar Funeral LIVE Updates: Puneeth Rajkumar died at the age of 46 after suffering a heart attack. His last rites took place on Sunday.

By: Entertainment Desk | New Delhi |
Updated: October 31, 2021 3:33:23 pm
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Kannada actor Puneeth Rajkumar passed away on Friday at Vikram hospital in Bengaluru after suffering a heart attack. He was 46. The actor’s funeral, which was earlier scheduled to take place on Saturday, will now take place on Sunday. The state government took this decision to give people a chance to pay their last respects.

Puneeth complained of chest pain on Friday morning and visited his family doctor for an ECG. Following the ECG, he was asked to rush to the hospital. He arrived at Vikram Hospital in a serious condition, a doctor at the hospital said.

Puneeth Rajkumar was the son of legendary actor Rajkumar and Parvathamma. He married Ashwini Revanth in 1999. He was fondly called Appu by his fans.

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He started his career as a child artist with Bettada Hoovu (1985). The actor won a slew of awards as a child actor, including a National Film Award. He starred in the lead role in over 29 Kannada films, including Abhi, Veera Kannadiga, Arasu, Raam, Ajay, Hudugaru and Anjani Putra. He was last seen in Yuvarathnaa, which released early this year.

Besides being an actor, Puneeth was also a singer par excellence. He had revealed that his remuneration from singing goes to charity. In 2012, Puneeth also hosted the first season of Kannadada Kotyadhipati, modelled on the Amitabh Bachchan-hosted show Kaun Banega Crorepati.

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The who's who of the Indian film industry pays tribute to Puneeth Rajkumar.

15:32 (IST)31 Oct 2021
Hansika Motwani remembers Puneeth Rajkumar

Actress Hansika Motwani made her Kannada debut opposite Puneeth in the 2008 hit film Bindaas. She had told News 18, “I remember I was really nervous as Bindaas was my first Kannada film. But Puneeth sir made sure that I was comfortable. I had a great experience working with him. I was just 19 and he was a superstar back then too, but he was really welcoming. He was really generous and was always passionate about his work.”

Motwani added, “I didn’t know the language and was a bit clueless as I didn’t understand a lot of things on the set, but he was always kind, guiding me and telling me everything in the sets. In fact, he would even give cues during the shoot which made things a lot confident for me.”

14:46 (IST)31 Oct 2021
Amitabh Bachchan writes emotional blog post for Puneeth Rajkumar

Amitabh Bachchan wrote on his blog, 'There have been 2 deaths of the near and dear since the morning and there is a grief that cannot be put in words of them .. the news has been shocking .. Puneet Rajkumar, the younger son of the legendary icon of Kanada cinema, Raj Kumar, and a star in his own right, passed away today .. he was just 46 years, and this has put all of us in great shock ...the family of late Rajkumar have ever been extremely close ..My prayers condolences ..'

14:15 (IST)31 Oct 2021
Final rites conducted according to Ediga community traditions

The final rites were conducted according to traditions of Ediga community of the Hindu religion. 

14:13 (IST)31 Oct 2021
Puneeth Rajkumar received full state honours

The police band played the national anthem and fired three rounds in the air, followed by two minutes of silence as a mark of respect. The national tri-colour that was wrapped on Puneeth’s body. 

13:50 (IST)31 Oct 2021
M Basavaraj Bommai bid emotional farewell

Karnata CM Basavaraj Bommai, who has known Puneeth since his childhood, became emotional and was seen kissing his forehead before the last rites. 

13:48 (IST)31 Oct 2021
Arjun Sarja breaks down at funeral
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12:03 (IST)31 Oct 2021
Prakash Raj says it's 'too difficult to believe'
11:59 (IST)31 Oct 2021
Karnataka Congress chief DK Shivakumar breaks down as he remembers Puneeth Rajkumar
10:53 (IST)31 Oct 2021
Puneeth Rajkumar's family thanks government for the funeral ceremony

The family members thanked the Karnataka government, police and fans for the well organised funeral of Puneeth Rajkumar on Sunday. Shivarajkumar, elder brother of Puneeth thanked Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai for the arrangements. "I also thank the government, all departments and police for their cooperation," he said. 

10:45 (IST)31 Oct 2021
Fans had gathered on terraces for a glimpse of Puneeth Rajkumar

Fans gathered on terraces of the buildings around Sree Kanteerava Studios in Bengaluru and climb trees around it to catch a glimpse of late Kannada actor Puneeth Rajkumar. 

10:24 (IST)31 Oct 2021
Kichcha Sudeep bids farewell in emotional post
10:11 (IST)31 Oct 2021
'Puneeth Rajkumar's demise has shocked the entire industry'
09:20 (IST)31 Oct 2021
Allu Arjun remembers Puneeth Rajkumar, calls him the pride of South India
09:13 (IST)31 Oct 2021
Puneeth's brother Raghavendra had appealed to fans to remain calm

Puneeth’s brother Raghavendra said the family was waiting for Drithi to arrive and appealed to fans to remain calm.

09:01 (IST)31 Oct 2021
Chiranjeevi says it's a great loss: 'The Power star of Karnataka...'
08:52 (IST)31 Oct 2021
Chiranjeevi, Venkatesh had paid their last respects
08:41 (IST)31 Oct 2021
Karnataka CM Basavaraj Bommai mourns the loss
08:33 (IST)31 Oct 2021
Puneeth Rajkumar's last rites performed
20:32 (IST)30 Oct 2021
Admirers flock to Kanteerava Stadium for the last glimpse of Puneeth
20:21 (IST)30 Oct 2021
Puneeth's fans show the late actor love by putting up his posters

On Friday, Puneeth Rajkumar had wished the team of Bhajarangi 2, which stars his brother Shivarajkumar. He had tweeted, "Best wishes for the entire team of #Bhajarangi2. @NimmaShivanna @NimmaAHarsha @JayannaFilms."

Puneeth Rajkumar’s mortal remains will be kept at Kanteerava stadium for people to pay homage.

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