Actor Puneeth Rajkumar died in a Bengaluru hospital today after suffering a heart attack, leaving fans and colleagues shocked and grief-stricken. He was 46. He had been taken to Vikram Hospital this morning in an “unresponsive” condition; in the afternoon, 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.”
— Basavaraj S Bommai (@BSBommai) October 29, 2021
PM Narendra Modi tweeted: “A cruel twist of fate has snatched away from us a prolific and talented actor, Puneeth Rajkumar. This was no age to go. The coming generations will remember him fondly for his works and wonderful personality. Condolences to his family and admirers. Om Shanti.”
A cruel twist of fate has snatched away from us a prolific and talented actor, Puneeth Rajkumar. This was no age to go. The coming generations will remember him fondly for his works and wonderful personality. Condolences to his family and admirers. Om Shanti. pic.twitter.com/ofcNpnMmW3
— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) October 29, 2021
News agency ANI tweeted earlier today: “Actor 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 hospital, treatment on in ICU: Dr Ranganath Nayak, Vikram Hospital, Bengaluru.” The hospital also said that the actor had been brought in unresponsive but that doctors were “trying (their) best to treat him.”
Visuals from outside the hospital showed crowds of fans and a police presence; there were reports of shops shutting and traffic jams in Bengaluru.
Actor Puneeth Rajkumar(in pic)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 hospital, treatment on in ICU: Dr Ranganath Nayak, Vikram Hospital, Bengaluru pic.twitter.com/Gw4Xp5r5pV
— ANI (@ANI) October 29, 2021
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.
Shocking ,devastating & heartbreaking! #PuneethRajkumar gone too soon.
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!
— Chiranjeevi Konidela (@KChiruTweets) October 29, 2021
OMG!!!!!!!! Nooooooo. This can’t be true! How can this be? My deepest condolences to the family. May your soul rest in eternal peace. Gone too soon #PuneethRajkumar
— Lakshmi Manchu (@LakshmiManchu) October 29, 2021
Shocked and deeply saddened by the tragic news of Puneeth Rajkumar’s demise. One of the most humble people I’ve met and interacted with. Heartfelt condolences to his family and loved ones
— Mahesh Babu (@urstrulyMahesh) October 29, 2021
— Sudheer Babu (@isudheerbabu) October 29, 2021
One of the kindest and warmest Actors/gentlemen. Praying to the almighty to give Puneeth Sirs family, friends and his ocean of fans the strength to cope with this irreplaceable loss. #RIP#PuneethRajKumar#Gentleman#actor#loss#cannotunderstand#soyoungpic.twitter.com/U8RyOJdFMu
— dulquer salmaan (@dulQuer) October 29, 2021
— Prithviraj Sukumaran (@PrithviOfficial) October 29, 2021
Cannot believe what I’m hearing Life is so unpredictable. Such a big loss for Indian Cinema. Sending out loads of love and light to his family and loved ones in these difficult times. R.I.P Puneeth Rajkumar.
— Pooja Hegde (@hegdepooja) October 29, 2021
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
— Hansika (@ihansika) October 29, 2021
Will always miss you my brother. #PuneethRajkumar
— sonu sood (@SonuSood) October 29, 2021
Puneeth Rajkumar, 46, was the son of veteran actor Rajkumar. He was known to fans as “Appu” – after the 2002 film in which he played his first lead role – and “Power Star.” Puneeth’s older brother Shiva Rajkumar is also a hugely popular actor.
Born Lohit, Puneeth began as a child star – he was just six-months-old when he was cast in 1976 films Premada Kanike and Aarathi. In addition to Appu, which was a hit, his film credits – of which he had 29 – as a lead actor include Mourya, Arasu, Raam and Anjani Putra. He was also a singer and was admired for his dance skills. Puneeth made his TV debut in 2012 as presenter of Kannadada Kotyadhipathi, the Kannada version of game show Who Wants To Be A Millionaire?
Puneeth Rajkumar is survived by wife Ashwini Revanth and has two children.