‘A rebel loved by all’: Condolences pour in for Ambareesh
Bengaluru, Nov 25: Condolences from various leaders poured in as soon as the news of Film star-turned-politician MHAmbareesh's demise spread. Ambareesh died at a private hospital here on Saturday, according to official sources and Karnataka Film Chamber of Commerce. He was 66.
The former Union minister has acted in over 200 films and served as the Karnataka minister of housing in the Siddaramaiah-led cabinet.
Condoling the death of the actor and veteran Congress leader, Kumaraswamy called him a rebel who was loved by all.
"Deeply shocked and saddened to hear about the untimely death of my beloved friend Ambareesh. In his death, an era of love and affection in the Kannada film industry has ended," he said. Kumaraswamy said he enjoyed his friendship with Ambareesh, which went beyond political affiliations and films.
"He was a rebel who was loved by all. He has carved a unique place (for himself) in both politics and films," he added. Ambareesh left behind a legacy that would be cherished by his family, friends, fans and followers, Kumaraswamy said.
#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.— CM of Karnataka (@CMofKarnataka) November 24, 2018
May his soul rest in peace and his family and friends get the strength to bear this loss.
"May his soul rest in peace and his family and friends get the strength to bear this loss," he said. Tamil superstar Rajinikanth, too, condoled the death of Ambareesh, 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 a tweet. Ambareesh has acted in over 200 films and served as the Karnataka housing minister in the previous Siddaramaiah-led cabinet.
A wonderful human being ... my best friend ... I have lost you today and will miss you ... Rest In Peace #Ambrish— Rajinikanth (@rajinikanth) November 24, 2018
Deputy Chief Minister of Karnataka, Dr G Parameshwara said Ambareesh would truly be missed for his "energy, charm and wit". "Truly shocking to hear about the demise of party colleague, former minister & senior actor Rebel Star Ambareesh. His energy, charm and wit were infectious. The love & popularity he enjoyed among the people was admirable. Kannada cinema and Karnataka have become very poor today," Parameshwara tweeted.
Truly shocking to hear about the demise of party colleague, former minister & senior actor Rebel Star #Ambareesh. His energy, charm and wit were infectious. The love & popularity he enjoyed among the people was admirable. Kannada cinema and Karnataka have become very poor today. pic.twitter.com/74iipIVoHM— Dr. G Parameshwara (@DrParameshwara) November 24, 2018
Congress leader from Mandya and the party's Social Media Communications chief Divya Spandana too expressed her sadness, remembering him as "Ambareesh uncle".
The Congress party too condoled Ambareesh's death, stating that his demise was an unbearable loss for Karnataka.
Extremely saddened to hear of the passing of Ambareesh uncle. May his soul rest in peace. My condolences to his family. Will always remember him fondly.— Divya Spandana/Ramya (@divyaspandana) November 24, 2018
"A straightforward and eloquent actor, former minister Ambareesh's death is deeply saddening. His demise will be a great loss for Karnataka. May god give his soul peace. Our condolences go out to his family and friends," the party's official twitter handle said in a tweet.
ಹಿರಿಯ ನಟ, ರಾಜಕಾರಣಿ ಅಂಬರೀಶ್ ಅವರನ್ನು ಕಳೆದುಕೊಂಡು ಕರ್ನಾಟಕ ಬಡವಾಗಿದೆ. ಒಬ್ಬ ಒಳ್ಳೆಯ ಸ್ನೇಹಿತರಾಗಿದ್ದ ಅವರ ಅಗಲಿಕೆ ವೈಯಕ್ತಿಕವಾಗಿ ತುಂಬಾ ನೋವನ್ನುಂಟು ಮಾಡಿದೆ. ದೇವರು ಅವರ ಆತ್ಮಕ್ಕೆ ಶಾಂತಿ ಕರುಣಿಸಲಿ. pic.twitter.com/mZyCnAtkyM— B.S. Yeddyurappa (@BSYBJP) November 24, 2018
"Karnataka is poorer for losing actor and politician Ambareesh. I am deeply saddened by his demise. He was a good friend. May god bless his soul," BJP state president BS Yeddyurappa tweeted.