Kannada superstar Puneeth Rajkumar's untimely demise sent shockwaves across the country. He was 46 years old and was considered one of the fittest actors in the Kannada film industry. On October 29, he suffered a heart attack and breathed his last. He is survived by his wife, Ashwini Revanth, and two daughters, Drithi and Vandhitha. On November 16, a huge event was held in Bengaluru to pay homage to Puneeth Rajkumar. Almost after 20 days since his demise, Puneeth Rajkumar's wife Ashwini sent a statement thanking his fans for their overwhelming support and condolences.
Her statement read, "The untimely death of Sri, Puneeth Rajkumar has been shocking not only to the family but also to the entire state of Karnataka. It is hard to imagine the extent of pain this loss ‘would have brought on you, the fans who made him the ‘Power Star.’ Despite the pain that you have gone through, you have not lost your calm and not let any unpleasant incidents occur, ensuring a respectful farewell to Puneeth Rajkumar. It is with a heavy heart that I acknowledge the condolences from millions; not only cinephiles but people of all ages from India and abroad alike. I am in tears when I see thousands of you follow your dear Appu's path and register for eye donation. He will live on in these good deeds that you do by keeping him as an ideal and also in the zeal that his memory inspires in you. On behalf of our entire family, heartfelt gratitude to all the fans and every individual for your love and support (sic)."