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Bangalore pays last respects to Dr Raj

Fans paying their last respects to Dr RajkumarTens of thousands of distraught and emotion-charged fans of Kannada thespian Rajkumar filed past his mortal remains, paying their last respects to the icon.

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In an atmosphere of sombriety, the fans, most sobbing uncontrollably, came in a steady stream and bowed in respect in front of the body which lay in state at the Kanteerava Stadium in the heart of Bangalore sinceWednesday night.

Tamil superhero Rajnikanth and actor Prabhu were among the early mourners who paid their homage to Rajkumar, who passed away Wednesday. Rajnikanth stood for a while in front of the body with folded hands and eyes closed before speaking to the family members of Rajkumar.

Lathi-wielding policemen kept a close watch in the stadium and elsewhere, aided by the Karnataka State Reserve Police and Rapid Action Force to prevent any untoward incident in the city, which saw frenzied fans damage dozens of vehicles, including those of police, and public and private property.

The King of Kannada Cinema

Karnataka is observing a two-day state mourning sinceWednesday and the government has announced holiday for offices, schools, colleges and courts, as a mark of respect to Rajkumar, a recepient of several awards, including the state's highest civilian award, theKarnataka Ratna.

Prez condoles Rajkumar's death

Karnataka Governor T N Chaturvedi, Union Minister of State for Planning, M V Rajasekharan, singer Ashwath, actresses Malashree, Shruti and Sudharani and cricketer Anil Kumble were among those who paid their last respects to the thespian today. "He was a great man, and it's not possible to fill the void. His contribution to Karnataka is huge. I saw many of his films, from the childhood days itself," said Kumble. Sarojadevi, fighting back tears, said, "He was not just a great artiste; He was a complete man".

Special: Farewell, Dr Rajkumar

Text: PTI | Photograph: Getty Images

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Number of User Comments: 9

Sub: Annavru

Let Anaavru`s Soul Rest in Peace.... Naavaduvu Nudiye Kannada Nudi

Posted by Deepak

Sub: Ananvaru

Dr Raj/ man of love good bye !!!!!

Posted by ananth

Sub: raj

Dr.Raj grate soul and like his siplicity he should born in karnataka once again.

Posted by ca_mys

Sub: Dr.Rajkumar - Karnatakada Mayur

We miss him Rajanna His passing away brings an end of era in Kannada cinema and wish him re-berth again mannena maga,lets pray to God ...

Posted by Gangaraju

Sub: people are starstuck

I understand the sentiments and emotions of the kannada people for the great actor like rajkumar. but i don't understand why people are destroying the ...

Posted by abhijit


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