In a major loss to the Kannada film industry, actor-turned-politician M H Ambareesh (66) passed away in a cardiac arrest.
Fondly known as Mandyada Gandu and ‘Rebel Star’, the actor’s death came barely hours after he had expressed his grief at the death of 30 people in a bus accident earlier in the day in Mandya district.
With the death, the state government has announced a 3-day mourning.
The actor is said to be survived by wife, actress Sumalatha, and son Abhishek, also an actor.
As per hospital statement, it emerged that Ambareesh was found unresponsive at his residence and shifted to the hospital and that he could not be revived and was declared dead at 10.15pm.
Thousands of fans, as well as politicians and officials, rushed to the hospital but many were denied entry.
Only Chief Minister H D Kumaraswamy, actor Puneeth Rajkumar and a few others were let into the hospital.
It need be recalled that Ambareesh had acted in over 200 films.
Ambareesh also had a successful career in politics, having been an MLA, a Lok Sabha member and a former minister at the state and central levels.
Tamil superstar Rajinikanth condoled the death of the veteran Kannada actor, calling him his “best friend”.>