Power Star Puneeth Rajkumar dies at 46

Bengaluru: In a big loss to the Tollywood industry, Power star Puneeth Rajkumar passed away at the age of 46. The Karnataka government reportedly alerted district commissioners and the police dept to tighten the security after power star Puneeth Rajkumar was hospitalised following a heart attack this morning in Bengaluru.

People gather outside Vikram Hospital, Bengaluru where actor Puneeth Rajkumar has been admitted “He was brought with history of chest pain at 11:40 am, was non-responsive & in Cardiac Asystole, Advanced cardiac resuscitation has been initiated,” said hospital statement.

Puneeth Rajkumar suffered a heart attack this morning at his home. He then went to a local clinic and where he got an ECG (Echo cardiogram) done. The results confirmed that he was having a heart attack. While he was on his way to Vikram hospital, he suffered a cardiac arrest.

Karnataka Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai has reached Vikram Hospital in Bengaluru where Puneeth Rajkumar was admitted. Several ministers and former chief ministers are at the hospital.

Soon after the news of Puneeth Rajkumar’s hospitalisation was made public, his fans gathered outside Vikram Hospital. Kannada actor Yash and several other celebrities are also at the hospital.

Puneeth Rajkumar made his debut as a child actor way back in 70s and 80s with movies such as Premada Kanike (1976), and Aarathi. His act in Vasantha Geetha (1980), Bhagyavantha (1981), Chalisuva Modagalu (1982), Eradu Nakshatragalu (1983), Bhakta Prahaladha, Yarivanu and Bettada Hoovu (1985) was high acclaimed.

Puneeth’s first lead role was in 2002’s Appu. Appu, as he was fondly called bagged the National Film Award for Best Child Artist for his role of Ramu in Bettada Hoovu. He also won Karnataka State Award Best Child artist for Chalisuva Modagalu and Yeradu Nakshatragalu.

He featured in many successful movies such as Appu, Abhi, Veera Kannadiga, Mourya, Arasu, Milana, Raajakumara, and Anjani Putra among several others.

Hailed as one of the highest paid Kannada actors, he made his TV debut with game show Kannadada Kotyadhipati, a Kannada version of Who Wants to Be a Millionaire? or Kaun Banega Crorepati.

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