Popular Kannada actor Puneeth Rajkumar dies of heart attack
Puneeth was rushed to Bengaluru's Vikram Hospital on Friday morning after experiencing chest pain.
On Friday, October 29, 2021, popular Kannada actor Puneeth Rajkumar aka Appu died of a heart attack. He was taken to Vikram Hospital in Bengaluru this morning, complaining of chest trouble.
His celebrity friends and followers flocked to social media shortly after the tragic news surfaced, expressing their sympathies to his family. He was 46 years old at the time.
Rajkumar's tragic death was grieved by Sonu Sood, who has done well even in South films. This news saddened and grieved many people, including filmmaker Ashoke Pandit, cricketer Venkatesh Prasad, and Manoj Manchu.
Sad to know about the sudden demise of Kannada film star #PuneethRajkumar due to massive heart attack. It's a huge loss loss to the Kannada Film Industry. My heartfelt condolences to his family and the entire industry at large .#PuneethRajkumar sir .
ॐ शान्ति !
— Ashoke Pandit (@ashokepandit) October 29, 2021
Actor Puneeth Rajkumar (pictured) was admitted to Vikram Hospital in Bengaluru earlier in the day, according to Dr Ranganath Nayak of Vikram Hospital. We're doing our best to help him. His situation is critical. I'm afraid I can't say anything right now. When he was admitted to the hospital, his condition was critical, and he was treated in the intensive care unit ICU.
Puneeth Rajkumar made his debut as a child actor way back in 70s and 80s with movies such as Premada Kanike (1976), and Aarathi. He received high acclaim for his performances in Vasantha Geetha (1980), Bhagyavantha (1981), Chalisuva Modagalu (1982), Eradu Nakshatragalu (1983), Bhakta Prahaladha, Yarivanu, and Bettada Hoovu (1985).
Appu, Puneeth's first starring role, was in 2002.
For his work as Ramu in Bettada Hoovu, Appu, as he was affectionately known, won the National Film Award for Best Child Artist. For Chalisuva Modagalu and Yeradu Nakshatragalu, he also received the Karnataka State Award for Best Child Artist.
He appeared in a number of successful films, including Appu, Abhi, Veera Kannadiga, Mourya, Arasu, Milana, Raajakumara, and Anjani Putra.
He made his TV debut with the game show Kannadada Kotyadhipati, a Kannada version of Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?, and was hailed as one of the highest paid Kannada performers. Alternatively, Kaun Banega Crorepati.