Weeks after his death, his wife Ashwini has let out an emotional note talking about his untimely death and the shock it brought to his family and the entire state. She expressed her gratitude to the fans for ensuring a peaceful turn of events after the unfortunate incident.
She wrote, “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.”
“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,” she wrote. “I am in tears when I see thousands of you follow your dear Appu’s path and register for eye donation,” she added. Referring to the fans of Appu as he was popularly known, Ashwini said 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.” Expressing her heartfelt gratitude to all the fans on behalf of the entire family, she thanked every individual for their love and support.
Karnataka Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai on Tuesday, November 16 announced that Puneeth Rajkumar will be conferred with the ‘Karnataka Ratna’ award posthumously. He will be the 10th recipient of the state’s highest civilian honor. Both fans and actors also clamored on social media to confer the ‘Power Star’ with a Padma award for his contribution. Winning state awards and National awards, Puneeth Rajkumar has been on the silver screens for 45 years, starting from when he was six months old. He’s fondly called Appu for his debut movie in which he played a character of the same name. His legacy can never be forgotten at all.