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Kannada Producer Parvathamma, Widow of Actor Rajkumar, Dies at 77

Kannada film producer Parvathamma Rajkumar, wife of the late legendary actor Rajkumar, breathed her last on Wednesday morning at a private hospital in Bengaluru.

Deepa Balakrishnan | CNN-News18deepab18

Updated:May 31, 2017, 12:25 PM IST
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Kannada Producer Parvathamma, Widow of Actor Rajkumar, Dies at 77
Karnataka CM Siddaramaiah paid tribute to Kannada film producer Parvathamma Rajkumar.(Image: Deepa Balakrishnan/CNN-News18)

Bengaluru: Kannada film producer Parvathamma Rajkumar, widow of the late legendary actor Rajkumar, breathed her last on Wednesday morning at a private hospital in Bengaluru. She was 77.

"Paravathamma Rajkumar expired on May 31 morning at 4.40 am. She had known case of breast malignancy with metastasis to her liver and lungs. Her renal functions had also compromised," President of Ramaiah Memorial Hospital, Dr Naresh Shetty said in statement.

"At about 10 pm on May 30, her pulse and BP started falling. She had a cardiac arrest at 4.30 am. Despite all active measures, she failed to respond. She was declared dead at 4.40 am," the statement further read.

Parvathamma was admitted to MS Ramaiah Memorial Hospital on May 14 after she complained of weakness. On May 17, she was shifted to the intensive care unit after she had difficulty breathing and was on assisted ventilation, following which tracheotomy was performed on her to ease her breathing.

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Her sons — Shivaraj, Ragavendra and Punith — and other family members were at her bedside when she breathed her last.

Family members and well-wishers will pay their respects at Rajkumar House in Sadashivnagar in Bengaluru. Her body will be kept in state at Poorna Prajna school grounds till 6 pm. Parvathamma will be be buried at Kanteerava Studios at 6.30 pm near Rajkumar's grave, media reports said.

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Parvathamma, who was known to be the rock of support for Rajkumar all through his acting years, was taking care of production companies for over three decades, producing more than 80 films.

She was also known for having helped the family through the traumatic three-month long period when ‘Annavru’ Rajkumar had been kidnapped by forest bandit Veerappan in 2000 -- pleading with the bandit to ensure he gave Rajkumar his medicines even while holding him hostage.

Parvathamma was married to Rajkumar at the age of 13 on June 25, 1953. Rajkumar died on April 12, 2006 of heart failure.

Condolences poured in from those in the film world as well as politicians of all hues, while the public paid tributes at the ground where her mortal remains are kept today. Chief minister Siddaramaiah, other Ministers like KJ George and UT Khader, former CM SM Krishna, BJP leaders like R Ashok and a host of film personalities have been coming to the venue through the morning.

As a mark of respect to the departed, Kannada film industry has decided to remain shut on Wednesday.

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| Edited by: Huma Tabassum
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