Kannada superstar Puneeth Rajkumar, who suffered a heart attack on Friday and was admitted to Vikram Hospital in Bengaluru, has passed away this afternoon.
The actor was 46. He was a superstar in the Kannada film industry and the son of veteran actor Rajkumar.
Karnataka Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai tweeted: “I am deeply shocked that Kannada celebrity Shri Puneeth Rajkumar died of a heart attack. The death of Kannadigar’s favourite actor, Appu, has caused enormous loss to Kannada and Karnataka and I pray that God will have mercy on his soul and give his fans the power to endure this pain.”
Shocked and deeply saddened as Karnataka's most loved superstar #PuneetRajkumar is no longer with us.— Basavaraj S Bommai (@BSBommai) October 29, 2021
A huge personal loss and one that's difficult to come to terms with.
Praying the almighty gives the Rajkumar family and fans the strength to bear this loss.#OmShanti pic.twitter.com/QpF63vKvIO
Tributes to Puneeth Rajkumar have overwhelmed Twitter with Chiranjeevi, Lakshmi Manchu, Mahesh Babu, Sudheer Babu, Dulquer Salmaan, Prithviraj Sukumaran, Pooja Hegde, Hansika, Sonu Sood and several other celebrities sharing grief-stricken posts.
“Shocking, devastating and heart-breaking,” tweeted Chiranjeevi. Lakshmi Manchu wrote: “This can’t be true! How can this be?” Mahesh Babu described Puneeth Rajkumar as “One of the most humble people I’ve met and interacted with.” “This hurts so much,” tweeted Prithviraj Sukumaran.
PM Narendra Modi & Home Minister also mourned the untimely demise of the veteran actor.