Bengaluru, Nov 25:
Kannada actor and politician Ambareesh has passed away here at a private hospital due to cardiac arrest, sources have said. He was 66.
A former Union minister, Ambareesh was rushed to the hospital after he complained of breathing trouble and passed away on Saturday night, officials at the hospital said.
“Ambareesh was brought to hospital around 9 pm and he passed away because of cardiac arrest,” Vikram Hospital officials said.
According to the hospital spokesman, Ambareesh was found unresponsive at his residence and the resuscitation efforts were initiated there and continued en route while he was shifted to the hospital. “Despite all aggressive resuscitation efforts, he could not be revived and was declared deceased at 2215 hrs,” the spokesman added. Ambareesh, a three-time Lok Sabha member and also a former State minister, is survived by actress Sumalatha and son Abishek.
Tamil superstar Rajinikanth condoled the death of veteran Kannada actor M H Ambareesh on Saturday, calling him his “best friend”.
“A wonderful human being … my best friend … I have lost you today and will miss you … Rest In Peace #Ambrish,” he said in the tweet.
He has acted in Rajini films like Priya, Thai Meethu Sathiyam as villian.
Born as Malavalli Huchche Gowda Amarnath on May 29, 1952, Ambareesh popularly known as a “rebel star” has acted in over 200 films in a more than four-decade long movie career with a fan following of his own at the peak of his popularity.
Ambareesh had not been keeping well in recent years and was hospitalised frequently. In 2014, he was shifted to the Mount Elizabeth Hospital in Singapore.