The actor, son of Kannada movie icon Rajkumar, suffered a heart attack while working out in a gym on Friday morning and was later admitted to Vikram Hospital, near Cunningham Road in east Bengaluru, officials said.
Many celebrities like Lakshmi Manchu, Tovino Thomas, and Hansika Motwani also posted their condolences on Rajkumar’s death.
Tollywood ‘Megastar’ Chiranjeevi took to Twitter to condole the death of the actor. “Shocking ,devastating & heartbreaking! #PuneethRajkumar gone too soon. Broken heart Rest in Peace! My deepest sympathies and tearful condolences to the family. A huge loss to the Kannada / Indian film fraternity as a whole.Strength to all to cope with this tragic loss!,” he tweeted.
“Gone too soon brother 😞 Rest in peace! #PuneethRajkumar,” Malayali actor Tovino Thomas tweeted.
“I just can’t process this!! Such a passionate ,warm and humble human being !! this is so tragic . Deepest condolence to his family .may his soul rest in peace #PuneethRajkumar,” actress Hansika Motwani wrote on Twitter.
Puneeth was taken to the Vikram Hospital in Bengaluru, Karnataka, on Friday morning, after he suffered chest pain.
According to Dr Ranganath Nayak, Vikram Hospital, Bengaluru, Puneeth’s condition was serious on arrrival.
“Puneeth Rajkumar was admitted after suffering chest pain at 11.30 am. Trying our best to treat him. His condition is serious. Can’t say anything as of now. His condition was bad when brought to the hospital, treatment on in ICU, ” Dr Ranganath Nayak said.
Son of Kannada matinee idol Rajkumar, Puneeth is fondly called ‘Appu’ by his fans and known as ‘Power Puneeth’ of the silver screen. He started his career as a child artist with his father in the early 1980s. ‘ Raam‘, ‘Hudugaru‘, and ‘Anjani Putra‘ are some of his memorable movies. He was last seen in ‘Yuvarathnaa’, which was released early this year.
The actor’s death follows a series of celebrity deaths at a young age, and is being compared to the tragic death of Sidharth Shukla in supposedly similar circumstances earlier this year.
No official confirmation about Puneeth’s death from the hospital has been given yet, as of this writing.
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