In a news that has sent a wave of sorrow and shock across the nation, Kannada ‘power star’ Puneeth Rajkumar died at an early age of 46. Following his death, security has been heightened in Karnataka in anticipation of unforeseen law and order situation in state. One of the most celebrated and loved actors in India Puneeth was credited to have given the Kannada film industry a new mascot of performance backed stardom.

On October 29, he was rushed to a Bengaluru based hospital after complaints of chest pain. After his death several prominent netizens including Prime Minister Modi, Tamil Nadu CM M.K. Stalin, Karnataka CM Basavaraj S Bommai and more.


If one would create an in-memoriam montage of influential personalities that took their last breath this year, the video will be a tearjerker for sure. What’s sadder is that fact that 2021 is not even over yet.

Earlier this year, 3-time National Award winner and Balika Vadhu actress Surekha Sikri passed away. Moreover, Olympian and legendary athlete Milkha Singh also passed away due to COVID-19 this year. From prominent doctor Padmavati Dua, to Chipko movement leader Sunderlal Bahuguna to Times Group chairperson Indu Jain, 2021 has given the nation a lot and taken equally.

In September, 2021, Bigg Boss winner and Balika Vadhu actor Sidharth Shukla passed away at a young age of 40. And today, another young actor from Kannada film industry passed away.

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The Facts of the Matter

Every film industry has its legends. The Hindi film industry have Mr. Amitabh Bachchan, the 3-Khans, the South Indian film industry has Rajinikanth, Chiranjeevi, etc. These legends have given their fans a reason to cry, to smile, to erupt with joy. And the films these legends act in, give employment of hundreds of people. Much akin to the legends mentioned above, Kannada film industry had actor Puneeth Rajkumar attaining the ‘legend status’.

Puneeth Was Rushed to Hospital after Chest Pains

On Friday, the 46-year-old actor was rushed to a Bengaluru based hospital after he complained of chest pains. The actor was admitted to the ICU in a serious condition after his ECG report showed alarming data. The actor got admitted to the Vikram Hospital in Bengaluru, and unfortunately, passed away later in the morning.

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Puneeth Rajkumar to Receive State Honours Last Rites, Security Heightened

According to reports, the late actor’s body will be kept at the Sree Kanteerava Stadium, Bengaluru where fans can pay their last homage. Further following Rajkumar’s death, the Karnataka government issued strict orders of intensifying the security in the state to maintain the law-and-order situation.

It was also announced by Karnataka CM that Rajkumar’s last rites will be performed with state honours.

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PM Modi, Chief Ministers and Influential Celebrities Mourn Puneet’s Demise

After his death, fans from the entire nation took to Twitter and expressed their shock and grief. Such was the popularity of the actor that PM Modi, CM Bommai and a slew of actors and actressess took to Twitter to condole his death.

PM Modi took to Twitter and labelled Rajkumar’s death as a ‘cruel twist of fate’. He also added that, “this was no way to go”.

Tamil Nadu CM MK Stalin claimed that the death of Rajkumar was a personal loss for him as he had ties with him and his family.

Karnataka CM also claimed that Rajkumar’s loss was “personal” for him and that it will be difficult to come to terms with the incident.

Similarly, other prominent and influential netizens expressed their shock on Rajkumar’s untimely death.

The Life and Times of Puneeth Rajkumar (1975-2021)

Son of veteran Kannada actors Rajkumar and Parvathamma, Puneeth was called ‘Appu’ and ‘Power Star’ among his fans. A prolific actor even when he was just a child, Puneeth starred in Bettada Hoovu in 1985 when he was just 10 years old. For his acting in the film, he received the Best Child Artist award at the National Film Awards. He was also known for hosting Kannadada Kotyadhipati – the Kannada version of Kaun Banega Crorepati.