Kannada superstar Puneeth Rajkumar, 46, is a popular name in South Indian film Industry. The youngest of the five children of matinee idol Dr Rajkumar, passed away yesterday afternoon after suffering a cardiac arrest. He complained of chest pain after a workout session at home gym on Friday morning. An ECG at his family doctor’s clinic indicated a cardiac arrest and Puneeth was immediately rushed to Vikram Hospital, but he was declared dead. Ranganath Nayak, the cardiologist at Vikram Hospitals, said at the time of arrival to the emergency, Puneeth Rajkumar was unresponsive. It is known that on several occasions, the superstar has helped students, poor people and even pledged to donate his eyes.
As Puneeth Rajkumar passed away, his eyes were donated to a needy person. The images of the actor’ eyes being taken away to get transplanted is going viral on Internet. This is a solid gesture from Kannada’s late superstar Puneeth Rajkumar.
The sources say that soon after he was declared dead, Puneeth Rajkumar’s brother Raghavendra Rajkumar placed a request with Dr Rajkumar Eye Bank run by Narayana Nethralaya to collect the actor’s eyes.
Dr Rajkumar had pledged the eyes of his entire family during the inaugural function of the eye bank in 1994.