Fondly known as Appu, Puneeth Rajkumar passed away following a fatal cardiac arrest on October 29. The actor was reportedly working out in his gym when he complained of chest pains and was later rushed to a hospital immediately. Despite efforts by the hospital staff in the intensive care unit, the 46-year-old actor could not be saved. The power star was laid to rest on October 31 at Kanteerava Studios, next to his mother, Parvathamma Rajkumar who passed away in May of 2017. He was laid to rest with full state honors and the national flag was later handed over to Puneeth Rajkumar’s wife, Ashwini along with their two daughters. Several celebrities from the film industry, family members, top officials and politicians had gathered at to bid a final farewell late actor Puneeth Rajkumar.
Amitabh Bachchan penned an emotional tribute to Appu on his blog. He shared, “Puneet Rajkumar, the younger son of the legendary icon of Kanada cinema, Raj Kumar, and a star in his own right, passed away today he was just 46 years, and this has put all of us in great shock. The family of late RajKumar have ever been extremely close.”