Kannada actor Puneeth cremated next to his parents.

Popular Kannada actor, singer, and film producer Puneeth Rajkumar aka 'appu' died due to massive cardiac arrest at an early age on Friday.

The mortal remains of the actor were kept at the Kanteerava stadium for public viewing since Friday.

Puneeth Rajkumar was laid to rest with full state honors on Sunday morning at Kanteerava studio, next to his parents.

The final journey of the actor's mortal remains began at about 5:30 am from Kanteerava stadium, where thousands of fans and well-wisher pay their last respect. According to an official government release due to security reasons, with the consent of the family members, his last rites were performed much before the scheduled time.

Several eminent personalities including Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai, several of his cabinet colleagues, former CM B.S Yeddyurappa and Siddaramaiah, host of the film personalities, and members of Rajkumar family were among those who paid their last homage to the departed actor. CM Bommai who has known him since childhood became emotional and was seen kissing his forehead before the last rites.

Puneeth was accorded full state honors, as the police band played the national anthem and police personal fired three rounds in the air, followed by two minutes of silence as a mark of respect. The national tri-color that was wrapped on Puneeth's body was then handed over to his wife Ashwini Revanath by CM Bommai.

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