New Delhi: Popular Kannada actor Puneeth Rajkumar aka Appu succumbed to a heart attack on Friday, October 29, 2021. He was in chest pain and was hastened to Vikram Hospital in Bengaluru this morning.

Soon after the unfortunate news broke, his celeb friends and fans thronged the social media to extend condolences to his family. He was 46.

Sonu Sood, who has worked fairly well in South movies mourned Rajkumar’s sudden death. Filmmaker Ashoke Pandit, cricketer Venkatesh Prasad, Manoj Manchu among others were saddened by this news and expressed grief.

Earlier in the day, Dr Ranganath Nayak of Vikram Hospital, Bengaluru told ANI: 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

Puneeth Rajkumar made his debut as a child actor way back in 70s and 80s with movies such as Premada Kanike (1976), and Aarathi. His act in Vasantha Geetha (1980), Bhagyavantha (1981), Chalisuva Modagalu (1982), Eradu Nakshatragalu (1983), Bhakta Prahaladha, Yarivanu and Bettada Hoovu (1985) was highly acclaimed.

Puneeth’s first lead role was in 2002’s Appu.

Appu, as he was fondly called bagged the National Film Award for Best Child Artist for his role of Ramu in Bettada Hoovu. He also won Karnataka State Award Best Child artist for Chalisuva Modagalu and Yeradu Nakshatragalu.

He featured in many successful movies such as Appu, Abhi, Veera Kannadiga, Mourya, Arasu, Milana, Raajakumara, and Anjani Putra among several others.

Hailed as one of the highest paid Kannada actors, he made his TV debut with game show Kannadada Kotyadhipati, a Kannada version of Who Wants to Be a Millionaire? or Kaun Banega Crorepati.