Karnataka government has declared an official mourning of three days.

Last rites of Ambareesh to be performed in Bengaluru on Nov 26 Karnataka CM
news Funeral Sunday, November 25, 2018 - 07:56

Karnataka Chief Minister H Kumaraswamy on Sunday announced the last rites of politician and actor Ambareesh will be performed near Dr Rajkumar Smaraka at Kanteerava Studio, Bengaluru, with state honours. Meanwhile, the public will be allowed to pay tribute to Ambareesh on Sunday at Kanteerava Stadium. Also, as a mark of respect, the State government has declared an official mourning of three days.

This announcement comes after reports of confusion between fans and family members of Ambareesh over performing the last rites. Soon after his demise, fans had gathered outside Vikram Hospital, where Ambareesh breathed his last. While some fans wanted the final rites to be conducted in the late leader's hometown in Mandya, his family wanted the funeral to be held in Bengaluru. However, the CM on Sunday said that after consulting with Ambareesh's family as well as the film industry, it was decided that the funeral will be performed in Bengaluru.

The mortal remains of the politician-actor have been brought Kanteerava Stadium in Bengaluru for the public to pay the last respects to their leader. A posse of 2,000 police personnel have been deployed and traffic restrictions have been put in place as part of this.

Several politicial leaders and actors are expected to arrive at the stadium to pay Ambareesh their last respects. Actor Yash and Rockline Venkatesh reached the stadium in the morning. Meanwhile, condolences continue to pour in. Prime Minister Narendra Modi expressed his condolences. 

Popularly known as the "rebel star", Ambareesh was admitted at Vikram Hospital for multiple ailments and was being treated at the intensive care unit. The 66-year-old leader died of a cardiac arrest. He served as a Union Minister of State in the UPA government, led by former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh.

He has been an MP on three occasions from 1998-99, 1999-2004 and 2004-2009. He was the Minister of State in the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting, from 2006 to 2008. He entered politics in the year 1995. Ambareesh was also the recipient of the national award for his debut film Naagarahaavu in 1972. 
 
Co-incidentally, Ambareesh's brother Dr Harish passed away on the same day last year, November 24, 2017. 

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