Bengaluru: Actor and former minister Ambareesh passes away at 66


Bengaluru, Nov 24 (IANS): Veteran Kannada films rebel actor M.H. Ambareesh died at a private hospital here on Saturday night following a heart attack, a duty doctor said. He was 66.

"Ambareesh died at around 10.15 p.m. after a massive cardiac arrest (heart attack) a couple of hours after he was brought to our hospital in the evening due to breathing (respiratory) problem," the doctor told IANS from Vikram Hospital in the city centre.

The super star of the sandalwood industry is survived by his widow and multi-lingual actress Sumalatha and son Abhishek.

   

In a statement on early Sunday, the hospital, however, said, Ambareesh was found unresponsive at his residence (in the city's southern suburb) and resuscitation efforts were initiated at his home and continued en-route to the hospital.

"Despite all aggressive resuscitation efforts, Amabreesh could not be revived and is declared deceased at 22.15 on 24.11.2018," added the statement.

As the shocking news of Ambareesh death was flashed on local news channels and went viral on social media, hundreds of his frenzied fans thronged the hospital, wailing for the sudden loss of their legendary hero.

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 soon after doctors declared Ambareesh dead.

"With a heavy heart, visited the hospital and met the grieving family members of my dear friend rebel star #Ambareesh," tweeted Kumaraswamy.

In consultation with the family, the chief minister has directed the officials concerned to make arrangements for the public and fans to pay their last respects to Ambareesh at Kanteerva Stadium opposite Cubbon Park in the city centre from 8 a.m. onwards.

"#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 get strength to bear this loss," said the chief minister in another tweet.

Kumaraswamy also assured the fans to arrange special buses from Ambareesh's home district (Mandya) to allow them travel to Bengaluru for paying homage to him.

"I request Ambareesh fans and people to maintain peace, prevent any untoward incident over his death and pay homage to the departed soul peacefully," added Kumaraswamy through a tweet.

In a statement after midnight, the chief minister's office said last rites of Ambareesh body would be performed on Monday near Rajkumar Smaraka at Kanteerava Studio in the city's northwest suburb with state honours, as decided in consultation with his family members.

Ambareesh was former cabinet minister in the previous Congress government from May 2013 to June 2016 when then Chief Minister Siddaramaiah sacked him along with 13 other ministers in a major reshuffle of his ministry.

He was Union Minister of State for Information and Broadcasting in the first UPA government and a Parliament member from Mandya Lok Sabha constituency, about 100km from here.

Besides winning many state government awards and Filmfare awards during his acting career, Ambareesh was honoured with the honourary doctorate from the Dharwad university in 2013.

Ambareesh was also a member of the state legislature, representing Mandya and Srirangapatna assembly segments as a Congress and Janata Dal-Secular (JD-S) leader.

Though the Congress leadership wanted Ambareesh to contest in the May 12 assembly elections, he declined on health grounds, saying he would not be able to do justice to the people as their public representative.

Mourning Ambareesh, Siddaramaiah tweeted that the rebel star was not only a great actor and a proven politician, but also a great human being. "You will be missed," he said.

Ambareesh entered filmdom through the role of 'Jaleel' in veteran director Puttanna Kanagal's 'Naagarahaavu' in 1972.

He also acted in 'Shubhamangala', 'Antha', 'Chakravyuha', 'Masanada Hoovu', 'Olavina Udugere', 'Hrudaya Haadithu', 'Odahuttidavaru', 'Diggajaru' and 'Elu Suttina Kote', where he played a critically acclaimed role.

  

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  • Vincent Rodrigues, Katapadi/Bangalore

    Mon, Nov 26 2018

    May his departed soul rest in peace.

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  • Af,,, Mangalore

    Mon, Nov 26 2018

    Other than actor or politician he was a grete huma being , a good hearted person , rest in peace Ambi.

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  • Roshan Braganza, Mumbai

    Mon, Nov 26 2018

    We normally feel sympathy and shock upon demise of person whoom we idloise , ambarish passing away went beyond grief , there was utter void plus feel of confusion , clueless ! is it real or how it can be possible ?! . Thats because he had larger than life influence of on his fans , and this went beyond his matinee idol status .

    Ambarish , carved himself to success , it was not like silver spoon , in 70s when pranaya raja srinath and sahasa simha vishnuvardhan were getting meaty roles , this guy use to do some mimiature roles specially negative ones , may be he was reluctant at first , but 80s was mercury rising as REBEL STAR . Everytime when i watch such movies i get goosebumps , he went further and balanced romance with actions , started with movies like OLAVINA UDUGORE (1986 ) and string of movies like HRUDAYA HADITHU . He excelled with romance too, flashing eyebrows , deep dancing curves , colorful suits he had everything to satiate a romantic cine goer . I mention HRUDAYA HADITHU as one his best , a cardiac surgeon with a romantic heart ! .

    Also colorful career as politician , what made him even special is his own life itself , he can be very straightforward , brutally honest person you can come across . Despite he was not overly discipline , he had integrity , not soft-spoken but soft hearted . All his black label , pack of cigarettes , racing car all showcases his pristine larger than life carvings , which is also balanced by his devotion to kannada industry and its people . This REBEL STAR will be forever for eternity encouraging us in real life too .

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  • Lenson, Udupi/Africa

    Mon, Nov 26 2018

    True. Well Said.

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  • Lenson, Udupi/Africa

    Mon, Nov 26 2018

    My Final Salute my favorite Actor ! RIP Dear Ambareesh. I cannot forget those early films on 1990s during my child hood days. May his soul Rest In Peace

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  • Dhanpal Shetty, Abu Dhabi

    Sun, Nov 25 2018

    May his soul rest in peace.

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  • sense Shetty, Mangalore

    Sun, Nov 25 2018

    RIP ...though a nice human being ..he failed himself due to his bad habits ..
    So is the case with many other so called stars ..their personal life is a big misery ...often unable to withstand name ,fame,,money and power ..

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  • ns, mangalore

    Sun, Nov 25 2018

    After Raj Kumar and Vishnuvardan Death Ambareesh was only the Icon Figure was alive so far. After His Death Kannada Filmdom has lost all 3 Mega Stars. Nagara Havu, Nagara Hole,Anta, Oda Huddidavaru were his few hit films amoung so many other hits. He Was Close Friend Of Kumaraswamy and was originally from Janata Dal . RIP.

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  • Uttam, Bengaluru

    Sun, Nov 25 2018

    Rajkumar Shankar nag Vishnuvardhan Ambareesh were the Charminar of Kannada film industry.RIP Ambreeshanna

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  • Thomas Lobo, Thottam/Udupi/Kuwait

    Sun, Nov 25 2018

    May his soul rest in peace.

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  • dominic-dsouza-Rudy, mudarangady mauritius

    Sun, Nov 25 2018

    BEST ACTOR ALL TIME
    R I P

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  • Vikram, Dubai

    Sun, Nov 25 2018

    He deeply shocked when hearing bus tragedy in Mandya,....Today who will die for people ...That's why he is more than a human being...RIP Ambareesh

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  • Azmal, Mlore/Dubai

    Sun, Nov 25 2018

    A great actor and a true human being. Rest in peace. Heartfelt condolences to his family and followers.

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  • Harold D'cunha, Mangalore, India.

    Sun, Nov 25 2018

    RIP to Ambareesh.

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  • Vishak, Mangalore

    Sun, Nov 25 2018

    AMBI SIR NIMMA ATHMAKKE SHANTHI LABISALI. He was the super star during my school days and won the hearts of all. Nagara Havu, Antha, Shubha Mangala, Ranga nayaki are some of my favorite films. AMBI SIR WE MISS YOU.

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  • Elwyn Goveas, Valencia

    Sun, Nov 25 2018

    He earned lot of name and fame and even earned the REBEL STAR title for his angry attitude in the films .Ambaresh will live in the heart of each and everyone as one of the Greatest star in the film industry.

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  • Rahul, Mangalore/Jubail

    Sun, Nov 25 2018

    Rest In Peace

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  • DINeSH, DUBAI

    Sun, Nov 25 2018

    OM Shanti.

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  • Augustine Daniel DSouza, Udupi Mumbai STATE OF KUWAIT.

    Sun, Nov 25 2018

    R.I.P.

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  • Hindustani, Manipal/Dubai

    Sun, Nov 25 2018

    SADGATHI

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  • Sahil, Mangaluru

    Sun, Nov 25 2018

    Ambarish was great kannada actor RIP we miss you Anna.we lost do many kannada actors rajkumar.vishnuvardan.prabhakar.sunil.shankarnag.kashinath.now ambarish as well.but all their memories will remains in our heart ever and forever.

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  • Orton Cordeira, Mangalore

    Sun, Nov 25 2018

    RIP Sir, a great human being.

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  • jithesh, puttur

    Sun, Nov 25 2018

    Yake Bulbul Mathododilva? RIP

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  • Paul D Souza, Bondel/Sharjah

    Sun, Nov 25 2018

    Very sad news. Heartfelt condolences to sad family. May his soul rest in Peace.

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  • Avinash, Ksd/bluru

    Sun, Nov 25 2018

    On Shanthi. May his aatma get moksha

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  • G R PRABHUJI, Mangalore

    Sun, Nov 25 2018

    Great Actor. A loss to the film industry. RIP . Ambareesh.

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  • Jossey Saldanha, Mumbai

    Sun, Nov 25 2018

    Rest in Peace ...

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  • Fayaz, Mangalore /Dubai

    Sun, Nov 25 2018

    Very shocking news
    A era of Kannada film ended by his death
    All the good actor's mostly gone RIP

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  • J P James, Bajpe , Puchall

    Sun, Nov 25 2018

    Dearest Abishiek please accept my heartfelt condolences of your sudden demise of your loving Dad, He was a great Singer and Actor, I never seen such a gentle man in my life,Abishiek don’t worry I am your dad admirer and a close friend,

    J P James
    Bajpe

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  • Krishna, Udupi

    Sun, Nov 25 2018

    RIP..............

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  • SANATH KUMAR, SHARJAH

    Sun, Nov 25 2018

    Om shanthi...

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  • Roshan Rodrigues, Mangalore

    Sat, Nov 24 2018

    ಆಗಲಿದ ಅಂಬರೀಷ್ ರವರ ಆತ್ಮಕ್ಕೆ ಚಿರ ಶಾಂತಿ ಸಿಗಲಿ
    ಕನ್ನಡ ಚಿತ್ರ ರಂಗಕ್ಕೆ ಹಾಗು ಕರ್ನಾಟಕದ ರಾಜಕೀಯಕ್ಕೆ ತುಂಬ ಲಾರದ ನಷ್ಟ

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  • HENRY MISQUITH, Bahrain

    Sat, Nov 24 2018

    One of the best villian and hero of kanannda movies. My favourite childhood Kannada actor..

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  • Joseph, Qatar

    Sat, Nov 24 2018

    A great actor. Though I have not seen any of his films I understand from my Kannada friends that he was considered as the Rajkumar of Kannada film industry. May God grant repose to his departed soul and strength to his family to bear the irreparable loss.

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  • Shabnam, Mangaluru

    Sat, Nov 24 2018

    May his rest in peace

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  • Narendra Monteiro, Bajpe

    Sat, Nov 24 2018

    May his soul rest in peace, Humble and honest man. Kannada industry already lost Actors like Ashok and Vishnu , Now Ambareesh , what a great lost to Karnataka,

    RIP

    Narendra Monteiro
    Bajpe

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  • Walter Monteiro, Belmannu

    Sat, Nov 24 2018

    Rest in peace Ambaresh sir.

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  • Candle Light, Mangalore/ Toronto Canada

    Sat, Nov 24 2018

    May his soul RIP. He will be remembered by Kannadigas . His contribution to the film world is always appreciated.

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  • Raj, Mangalore

    Sat, Nov 24 2018

    RIP Sir, a great human being.

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  • Sylvester lobo, Ranipura,Nithyadar Mangalore

    Sun, Nov 25 2018

    I miss you.RIP

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