Tributes have flooded in from throughout the South Indian film industry, as well as from notable politicians, in the wake of Kannada star Puneeth Rajkumar’s untimely death on Friday following a cardiac arrest.
Following symptoms of chest pain, the 46-year-old was transported to a private hospital in Bengaluru and admitted to the Intensive Care Unit (ICU). Shivarajkumar, his older brother and an actor, was reportedly present at the hospital. Remembering the Kannada star, Stalin said “Puneeth remained a humble human being despite his stardom. His kind act of visiting our Gopalapuram residence to offer his family’s condolences for Thalaivar Kalaignar’s death still lingers in my heart.” Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai announced the sad news on Twitter, saying that Karnataka had lost one of its most beloved superstars, Puneeth Rajkumar, today. The CM expressed his condolences to the Rajkumar family and the actor’s fans, calling it a “great personal loss” that was tough to accept.
Kerala CM Pinarayi Vijayan also took to Twitter to express grief over the passing of Puneeth Rajkumar, one of the leading actors in the Kannada film industry. Vijayan paid heartfelt condolences to his family.
Puneeth, who was most recently seen in Yuvarathnaa, has concluded filming of Chethan Kumar’s James, in which he co-starred with Priya Anand. He was supposed to start filming for Pawan Kumar’s Dvitva on November 1st. Fans called him Appu and Powerstar over the course of his two-decade career as a major actor. His wife and two daughters follow him.
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