Kannada Actor-turned-politician Ambareesh dies at 66

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Kannada actor-turned-politician Ambareesh passed away in a private hospital in Bengaluru on Saturday following a heart attack. He was 66.

The authorities from hospital have confirmed that Ambareesh died of a cardiac arrest. 

Thousands of fans, as well as politicians and officials, rushed to the hospital after the demise of Ambareesh.

According to the sources, heavy security has been deployed outside the hospital.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi said that Ambareesh will always be remembered for his memorable performances as an actor and extensive contribution to politics.

“Shri Ambareesh will always be remembered for his memorable performances as an actor and extensive contribution to politics. He was a strong voice for Karnataka’s welfare, at the state and central level. Pained by his demise. Condolences to his family & admirers,” PMO tweeted.

Karnataka Chief Minister H.D. Kumaraswamy, cabinet ministers K.J. George and D.K. Shivakumar were among the several political leaders who visited the hospital.

“With a heavy heart visited the hospital and met the grieving family members of my dear friend rebel star #Ambareesh. In consultation with the family, I have instructed to make arrangements for the public and fans to pay last respects to the departed leader at Kanteerava Stadium.” Said Kumaraswamy

“#Ambareesh was a rebel who was loved by all. He carved a unique place in both politics and films. He leaves back a legacy that will be cherished by his family, friends, fans and followers. May his soul rest in peace and his family and friends get the strength to bear this loss,” Kumaraswamy tweeted.

Ambareesh had served as the Minister of State (MoS), in the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting, from 2006 to 2008 under the Manmohan Singh-led government.

Karnataka Congress Pradesh Committee (KPCC) chief Dinesh Gundu Rao expressed grief on the demise of Ambareesh. “Shocked to hear the news of our beloved politician and rebel star #Ambarish’s demise. One of Karnataka’s iconic film stars and much-loved personality. My heartfelt condolences to his bereaved family,” he tweeted.

Ambareesh was fondly known as the ‘Rebel Star’ and had a huge fan following. He started his career in 1972 with negative roles before becoming a leading man.