Bengaluru: Veteran South Indian actor and Congress leader Ambareesh passed away at Vikram Hospital in Bengaluru on Saturday night (November 24) due to cardiac  arrest. He was 66 and was suffering from respiratory problems.

On Saturday evening, he collapsed at his residence and failed to move. Though resuscitation efforts were initiated at his residence and continued en route and was admitted to Vikram hospital. Despite all aggressive resuscitation efforts, he could not be revived and was declared dead at 10.15 PM on Saturday, Vikram Hospital said in a statement.

But, according to sources, Ambareesh was being treated for kidney ailments.

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The sources also said that he was regularly being taken to Sagar Hospital in Jayanagar once in every three days. Due to his deteriorating health, the house at JP Nagar was demolished to be rebuilt as per Vaastu. The family members had employed over 30 masons to speed up the work.

As there were fans thronging to his house to meet and greet the actor at the JP Nagar residence, the family decided to shift to a temporary house at former MLA Ashok Kheny's home near the Golf Course in Bengaluru.

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