The end of the year 2009 has turned very bad and sad on the part of Kannada audiences. When they are struggling to recover from the death of singer C Ashwath, Kannada film industry has lost another star, who had filled the place of Hiriyanna after the death of Dr. Rajkumar.
Sahas Simha Dr. Vishnuvardhan, who had entered Kannada film industry with Puttanna Kanagal"s Nagara Havu, has died of heart attack at 2.30 am at Vikram Hospirtal in Mysore. He was 59. The Bellary Naga actor was survived by his wife Bharathi Vishnuvardhan and two adopted daughters.
For the past five years, Dr. Vishnuvardhan was suffering from a health hazard and recently he had been to Mysore for rest. Yesterday, he was admitted to Vikram Hospital Mysore after he complained of severe chest pain. After the treatment, he returned to his house in the evening. Again, he suffered same pain at 2.30 am today. He breathed his last while he was being rushed to the hospital.
Dr. Vikram, who was treating Abinava Bhargava in Mysore, said, “Dr. Vishnu was visiting our hospital for physiotherapy. Yesterday, he had come for the same, but he appeared healthy. At 2.30 am, we received a call from his family complaining of chest pain. Suddenly, we sent an emergency Ambulance, but he breathed his last on the way to the hospital. He was simple, generous human being."
Chief Minister of Karnataka BS Yadiyurappa, former CM HD Kumarswamy, Vishnu"s close friends Ambareesh, Dwarkish, Ramya, Puneet Rajkumar, Shivaraj Kumar, Sudeep have expressed their deep Condolence over the death Dr. Vishnuvardhan.