Kannada superstar Puneeth Rajkumar passed away on Friday at the Vikram hospital in Bengaluru after suffering a heart attack, Karnataka Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai has confirmed. The actor suffered a heart attack earlier in the day 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.
The late superstar’s mortal remains are kept at Kanteerava Stadium in Bengaluru for the public to pay their last respects. Karnataka Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai along with other cabinet ministers paid their last respects.
The last rites of Puneeth Rajkumar will be performed at Kanteerava Studio in the land belonging to the Dr Rajkumar Foundation.
Karnataka’s former Chief Ministers Siddaramaiah, HD Kumaraswamy, former Prime minister HD Deve Gowda, KPCC president DK Shivakumar and several others from the Indian film industry have offered condolences to Puneeth Rajkumar’s family.
The actor took to Twitter during the early hours of Friday to wish luck to the team of Bhajarangi 2, which stars his brother Shivarajkumar. His tweet read, “Best wishes for the entire team of #Bhajarangi2. @NimmaShivanna @NimmaAHarsha @JayannaFilms.”
— Puneeth Rajkumar (@PuneethRajkumar) October 29, 2021
Kannada film stars and Puneeth’s elder brother Shivarajkumar reached the hospital earlier in the day. Yash, Darshan, Ravichandran also rushed to the hospital. Security was intensified at the hospital and near the actor’s home in the city’s Sadashivanagar. CM Basavaraj Bommai had also visited the hospital.
Mohanlal shared on Twitter, “The loss of Puneeth Rajkumar has come as a terrible shock. I still find the news hard to believe. It feels as though I have lost a younger brother. My thoughts & prayers go out to his family with whom I share a close bond. I wish them strength & comfort to cope with this loss.”
Rana Daggubati shared, “Gone too soon brother!! Extremely shocked and saddened.”
— Aditi Rao Hydari (@aditiraohydari) October 29, 2021
Chiranjeevi, R Madhavan, Sonu Sood, Manoj Manchu, Lakshmi Manchu, Prakash Raj, Danish Sait and many others paid their tribute to Puneeth.
Will always miss you my brother. #PuneethRajkumar
— sonu sood (@SonuSood) October 29, 2021
Heartbroken #PuneethRajkumar anna .. not fair …
— Manoj Manchu🙏🏻❤️ (@HeroManoj1) October 29, 2021
— Danish Sait (@DanishSait) October 29, 2021
— Prakash Raj (@prakashraaj) October 29, 2021
— Prithviraj Sukumaran (@PrithviOfficial) October 29, 2021Subscriber Only StoriesAdvertisement
Puneeth Rajkumar was the son of veteran actor Rajkumar and Parvathamma. Fondly known as Appu, the actor has appeared in films like Yuvarathnaa, Raajakumara, Rana Vikrama, among others. He was known for hosting Kannadada Kotyadhipati, the Kannada version of the quiz show Who Wants to be a Millionaire.