Kannada Superstar Puneeth Rajkumar passed away at the age of 46 due to a Cardiac arrest on Friday.
Puneeth started his acting career as a child artist and has been part of several films. He made his debut as the leading hero with the 2002 film ‘Appu’. He won the National Award For Best Child Artist for his role of Ramu in the film ‘Bettada Hoovu in the year 1985.
He was among the highest-paid stars in the Kannada film industry today and also a popular television presenter. Puneeth made his TV debut in 2012 as presenter of Kannadada Kotyadhipathi, the Kannada version of the game show Who Wants To Be A Millionaire. He hosted the 1st, 2nd, and 4th seasons of the television game show. He was the host of the Indian reality television family game show, Family Power which was aired on Colors Kannada from 2017 to 2018.
Puneeth was the brand ambassador for several brands including Karnataka Milk Federation’s Nandini Milk products, LED Bulb Project, 7 Up (PepsiCo), F-Square, Dixcy Scott, Malabar Gold, Gold Winner, Ziox Mobile Pothy silks, Flipkart and Manappuram. He was a brand ambassador of the Indian Premier League cricket team Royal Challengers Bangalore.
The news of Puneeth’s death comes in as a shock for people from all walks of life and they took to social media platforms to mourn the untimely demise of the Kannada Superstar.
Finance Minister Niramala Sitharaman, Virender Sehwag, Actor Chiranjeevi, Prithviraj, Radhika Sarathkumar, Tamannaah were among others paid homage to the Superstar on their Twitter accounts
ಭಾವಪೂರ್ಣ ಶ್ರದ್ಧಾಂಜಲಿ ಪುನೀತ್ ರಾಜ್ಕುಮಾರ್ pic.twitter.com/wPU4gVVVsr
— Colors Kannada (@ColorsKannada) October 29, 2021
— Nirmala Sitharaman (@nsitharaman) October 29, 2021
— Virender Sehwag (@virendersehwag) October 29, 2021