Puneeth Rajkumar death updates | Funeral will be held at Kanteerava Studio where his parents are also buried

Puneeth Rajkumar, Kannada film actor who died on Friday sending shock waves across the State, was on screen most of his life as he made his debut when he was six months old. He had an emotional connect with the audience that was rare in a star-driven industry.

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Here are the latest updates:

12:14 p.m.

Schools in sensitive areas closed, colleges postpone exams

Schools in sensitive areas have been closed on Saturday. However, majority of the government and aided schools are functioning as usual. Colleges and universities have postponed the examination as they feared that students may find it difficult to commute.

12:10 p.m.

He called me mama: Siddaramaiah

Leader of Opposition Siddaramiah, who visited Kanteerava Stadium, shared his long association with Rajkumar’s family.

“He caller me mama. I had met him and his brother Shuvarajkumar about 20 days ago… Puneeth, like his father, was a simple and humble man. He inherited his talent as well and was a star as a child and a hero. His death is a loss not just to Kannada film industry, but also to the indian film industry,” he said.

Leader of Opposition Siddaramiah shared his long association with Rajkumar’s family. Picture by Special Arrangement


12:07 p.m.

Self-imposed bandh in Chamarajanagar

Traders and commercial establishments in Chamarajnagar are observing a self-imposed bundh on Saturday as a mark of respect to film star Puneeth Rajkumar, who passed away in Bengaluru on Friday.

Son of legendary actor Rajkumar, whose hometown Gajanur is close to the town, Puneeth Rajkumar used to visit the village taking time out from his busy shooting schedule as he had great affection towards the village and its people. He used to spend time at places considered to be his father’s favorite, like the banyan tree and ancestral home.

Puneeth Rajkumar was also the Brand Ambassador for Chamarajanagar district.

Shops on this street in Chamarajnagar downed their shutters on Saturday during the self- imposed bandh observed by traders as a mark of respect to Puneeth Rajkumar, who passed away on Friday in Bengaluru. Photo: Special Arrangement.

Shops on this street in Chamarajnagar downed their shutters on Saturday during the self- imposed bandh observed by traders as a mark of respect to Puneeth Rajkumar, who passed away on Friday in Bengaluru. Photo: Special Arrangement.


12:05 p.m.

Traffic diverted

As crowds continue to gather at Kanteerava Stadium, traffic movement in and around the area has been diverted. Managing the crowds is the priority here, said a police officer.

12:03 p.m.

Police escort trucks carrying seats and pandal material for the funeral

Trucks headed to Kanteerava Stadium carrying seats, pandal material and items were stuck in traffic on Mysuru Road. To prevent further delays, a police escorted them to the city centre

11:56 a.m.

High security at Kanteerava Stadium

Over 6000 police personnel have been deployed in and around Kanteerava Stadium where thousands of people have gathered to pay their last respects. Security has also been stepped up across the city. Jurisdictional police have been instructed to increase patrolling in sensitive areas. 

Over 50 platoons of reserve police force including KSRP, CAR and RAF have been deployed.

Each division of the city has been assigned to a senior officer of the rank of DCP to monitor law and order. Since yesterday over 500 persons have been detained as a preventive measure.

11:54 a.m.

Balakrishna, Prabhudeva pay respects

Nandamuri Balakrishna, Telugu actor, politician and son of the late NTR, visited Kanteerava stadium to pay his last respects. Rajkumar and NTR families shared a close bond. Among the other southern film personalities who visited was Prabhudeva.

11:51 a.m.

Memories of a song

Singer Usha Uthup recalled her singing with Puneet the famous Rajkumar number “Huttidare Kannada Naadali Huttabeku” and another famous song from his own film “Bombe  helutatite” recently.

“He was a lovely human being. I cannot forget the way his smile lit up his face always,” she said.

11:21 a.m.

Ramesh Arvind recollects fond memories with Puneeth

Actor Ramesh Arvind, speaking about his long association with the 46-year-old actor, said he was a man who mingled with anyone and could strike a connection instantly. “Off screen too, he was one of the warmest people I knew,” he said.

On the way he reinvented himself, Ramesh said, “He understood the importance of creating digital content and OTT platforms. He could have done so much more.”

10:38 a.m.

Home Minister appeals for peace

Home Minister Araga Jnanendra has appealed for peace, urging fans of Puneeth Rajkumar to bid him a dignified farewell. He is expected to inspect the site of the funeral in the afternoon.

10:23 a.m.

Governor pays respects

Karnataka Governor Thaawarchand Gehlot paid his last respects to Puneeth Rajkumar, accompanied by Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai.

10:23 a.m.

Two Puneeth fans dead

A young man was found dead in his house in Athani on Saturday. Rahul Gadiwaddar (25) was found dead in his house. Police said he was a die hard


fan of Punit Rajkumar, Kannada film star who died in Bengaluru on Friday.

Rahul had put up a poster of Punit in front of his house, garlanded it and decorated it with a flower rangoli on Friday. He was feeling dejected and must have decided to end his life in his house, a police officer said. A case has been registered.

Those in distress can call the 24 hour helpline 104.

Parashuram Hanumant Dyamannanavar (33) died of shock in his house in Sindholi village near Belagavi. He was watching the news of the actor’s death on a TV channel. He collapsed in his chair and fell to the ground. He was dead before he could be shifted to the hospital. He was a fan of the actor, a city police officer said.

10:16 a.m.

Funeral likely this evening

The last rites of actor Puneet Rajkumar could be held on  Saturday evening if his daughter, who is in the U.S., lands in time.

While the earlier plan was to hold the funeral on Sunday, authorities said that it could be advanced to late on Saturday if his daughter reaches Bengaluru around 4 p.m.

Producer and a close family friend Rockline Venkatesh said that the body will be moved from the stadium around 3 p.m. to the venue of funeral, subject to the arrival of the daughter.

The funeral will be held at Kanteerava Studio where his father Rajkumar and Parvatamma Rajkumar are also buried.

10:10 a.m.

Thousands pay respects to Puneeth Rajkumar

Thousands of fans are thronging Kanteerava stadium in Bengaluru where mortal remains of Kannada star Puneet Rajkumar have been kept for fans to pay their last respects.

People came from not only from various localities in Bengaluru, but also other parts of the State to pay their respects. Some of his admirers at the venue said they had travelled on Friday night to reach Bengaluru on Saturday to pay their last respects.

Among the prominent people seen on Saturday morning were Legislative Assembly Speaker Vishweshwara Hegde Kageri, seer of Suttur mutt, seer of Siddaganga mutt, actor Chetan, among others. Though crowds were big, the arrangements ensured order at the venue.

10.00 am

Brand ambassador for Government initiatives

Actor Puneeth Rajkumar was the brand ambassador and campaigned for various Government initiatives. He was roped in several years ago by the Department of Public Instruction for the Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan and he in his advertisements appealed to parents to send their children to school.

9.50 am

Family donates Puneeth’s eyes

Following in the footsteps of his father, Dr. Rajkumar, the family of Puneeth Rajkumar donated his eyes on Friday.

Soon after he was declared dead, Puneeth Rajkumar’s brother Raghavendra Rajkumar placed a request with Dr. Rajkumar Eye Bank run by Narayana Nethralaya to collect the actor’s eyes.

K. Bhujang Shetty, chairman and managing director of Narayana Nethralaya, who personally monitored the eye retrieval process, told The Hindu that Dr. Rajkumar had pledged the eyes of his entire family during the inaugural function of the eye bank (which was named after him) in 1994.



Actor Puneeth Rajkumar dies of heart attack, condolences pour in

Puneeth Rajkumar (46) one of the marquee names of Kannada film industry and the youngest of the five children of matinee idol Dr. Rajkumar passed away on October 29 after suffering cardiac arrest in the morning. Revenue Minister R. Ashok announced the demise of the actor at Vikram Hospital, Bengaluru. Puneeth Rajkumar is survived by his wife Ashwini Revanth and two daughters Drithi and Vanditha.


Dr. Ranganath Naik of Vikram Hospital said, “Puneeth Rajkumar complained of chest pain in the morning and was rushed to the private clinic of his family physician where an ECG test was done. It showed a heart attack and he was immediately rushed to Vikram Hospital. When he was brought to the hospital, there was no cardiac activity. We put him on a ventilator and tried to revive him, but all efforts failed.”

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