Rakesh Siddaramaiah, the eldest son of Karnataka Chief Minister Siddaramaiah, breathed his last in Brussels, Belgium on Saturday. The 39-year-old passed away at Belgium University Hospital due to multiple organ failure. He is survived by wife and two children. He was supposed to contest elections from his father’s Varuna constituency.
Rakesh had fallen ill while touring Belgium and was hospitalised at Belgium University Hospital, following which his father Siddaramaiah rushed to Brussels. He had complained of severe stomach pain after which he was admitted to the hospital. He was undergoing treatment for acute pancreatitis. According to reports, his mortal remains will reach Bengaluru on Sunday.
On Friday, Siddaramaiah’s official Twitter handle @CMofKarnataka had tweeted, “CM Siddaramaiah’s son Rakesh fell ill while touring in Belgium. Hospitalised and getting better. CM’s family is in touch with the doctors.” The CM had gone to visit his son in Belgium on Thursday and monitored the situation while others family members arrived later.
Rakesh had left for Belgium on July 21 with four friends. The Facebook profiles of some of his friends who were travelling with him reveal they were possibly headed for ‘Tomorrowland’, one of the world’s biggest electronic dance music festivals, held annually in Belgium.
The Karnataka CM had refused to divulge details about his son’s ailment. He had sought External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj’s help to seek treatment of his son at a hospital in Belgium.
Meanwhile, Prime Minister Narendra Modi expressed condolence over the death. “My thoughts are with Siddaramaiah ji & his family on the demise of his son. May God give the family strength to bear the irreparable loss,” tweeted PM Narendra Modi from his official Twitter handle @narendramodi.