Kannada’s ‘Powerstar’ Puneeth Rajkumar dies at 46

Kannada film star Puneeth Rajkumar dies after suffering cardiac arrest on Friday. He was 46.

Dubbed as ‘Powerstar’, Puneeth, the son of legendary Kannada actor, Dr. Rajkumar was one of the most celebrated actors in the Kannada film industry.

The actor was taken to Vikram hospital in Bengaluru at 11.30 AM today. He was in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU). A group of doctors was constantly monitoring him and treating him.

Puneeth starred in over 29 Kannada films. He had appeared as a lead actor in a number of commercially successful films including Appu (2002), Abhi (2003), Veera Kannadiga (2004), Mourya (2004), Aakash (2005), Ajay (2006), Arasu (2007), Milana (2007), Vamshi (2008), Raam (2009), Jackie (2010), Hudugaru (2011), Raajakumara (2017), and Anjani Putra (2017).

Puneeth began his career as a child artist and even won the National Film Award for Best Child Artist for his performance in Bettada Hoovu in 1985. He won the Karnataka State Award for Best Child Artist for his performances in Chalisuva Modagalu and Yeradu Nakshatragalu.