Bengaluru: South India's veteran actor, Congress leader Ambareesh breathed his last at Vikram Hospital in Bengaluru on Saturday night. He was 66.

Chief minister HD Kumaraswamy, after consulting Ambareesh's family, announced that the final rites will be performed at Kanteerava Studio in Bengaluru near Dr Rajkumar Memorial on Monday.

On Sunday, Kumaraswamy and his father, former Prime Minister HD Deve Gowda paid their last respects to Ambareesh at Kanteerava Stadium in Bengaluru.

The last rites will be performed with state honours and the government has also declared three days of mourning.

Currently, public are paying their last respects at Kanteerava Stadium, after which the body will be flown to Mandya for the people of Ambareesh's hometown to pay homage.

The Defence Ministry has given permission to use an Army helicopter to airlift the mortal remains to Visvesvaraya Stadium in Mandya, where people can pay their last respects from 4.30 PM (on Sunday)  to 6 AM (Monday).

Ambareesh is survived by his wife, actress Sumalatha and son Abhishek Gowda.