Chiranjeevi Sarja dead at 39 – Bollywood 'Amma I Love You' star passes away after heart attack
BOLLYWOOD star Chiranjeevi Sarja has died at the age of 39.
Sarja who starred in 20 films including the popular Amma I Love You, died of a heart attack, according to B.S. Yediyurappa, chief minister of Karnataka.
"It is a shock to hear the news that famous Kannada artist, Shri Chiranjeevi Sarja, died of a heart attack.
"Premature death at an age of just 39 years is shocking. My prayers are with the family, may God give them the strength to endure this grief," Yediyurappa tweeted on Sunday.
"Sarja was brought to our hospital (Apollo) in an unresponsive state. Attempts to revive him failed and was declared dead by the doctors," the official told IANS.
"On examination, Sarja was found unresponsive with an absent carotid pulse, cold peripheries and bilaterally dilated pupils.
"Hence cardio-pulmonary resuscitation was started according to the latest advanced cardiac life support protocol," said Apollo Hospitals Jayanagar's unit head Yatheesh Govindaiah in a later statement.
Sarja, who came from a family of actors, also starred in blockbusters like Whistle and Varadanayaka.
He is the nephew of Tamil actor Arjun Sarja and grandson of Shakti Prasad, the Hindustan Times says.
He married actress Meghana Raj in 2018.
His fans took to social media to mark the loss.
"A tragic loss to Indian cinema," one fan said "We all miss you."
South star Allu Sirish wrote on Twitter: “Shocked at the sudden demise of Kannada actor Chiranjeevi Sarja.
"He's just 39 years old. My condolences to the Sarja family. Rest in peace, Chiru.”
A number of film stars also expressed their sadness on social media over Sarja's sudden death.
"Shocked to hear about #chiranjevvisarja's demise!!!" actress Priyamani tweeted. "Can never forget his smiling face."
"Absolutely devastated to hear about the sudden demise of Chiranjeevi Sarja. I pray Meghna and the whole family finds strength to tide through this shock and sorrow," actor Prithviraj Sukumaran tweeted.
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