These are difficult times indeed with the COVID-19 Novel Corona Virus Pandemic already ravaging the world for over 8 months now. In these already tough times, news of popular writer, jounalist and Editor-in-Chief of Hai Bangalore - Ravi Belagere, having breathed his last early today morning, has saddened all his fans and followers! Ravi Belagere is popularly known as the man who redefined tabloid journalism. Reports state that he was in his office when he suffered the heart attack and was immediately rushed to a private hospital but succumbed to the cardiac issue. Belagere is survived by his two wives, two sons and two daughters. 

A statement from the deceased author's family has announced that his body would be kept at Prarthana School, for people to pay their last respects. Ravi Belagere completed a Master's degree in History and was working as a history lecturer at his native place of Ballari, before migrating to Bengaluru. He then joined a printing press and then began the Hai Bangalore tabloid, in 1995. The tabloid then went on to become highly successful and cemented Ravi Belagere's name in the journalism circles. As an author, Belagere has penned over 70 books, across a wide plethora of subjects like crime, fiction, politics, translation, a biography, column writing and story telling. His writings had a niche readership.

Ravi Belagere was a multi-talented man and was also famous for his columns on the Bengaluru underworld in 'Paapigala Lokadalli', as well as his unique narration skills for his TV show 'Crime Diary', which was aired on a private channel, in Kannada. He has been decorated with a number of awards, including the Karnataka Sahitya Academy award, Rajyothsava award and the Lifetime Achievement award from the Karnataka Media Academy. Belagere also founded the Prarthana Education Society, which runs a chain of schools in Bangalore. He was also a participant on the Kannada Bigg Boss reality TV show, in the 7th season. Ravi Belagere was also arrested by the Karnataka Police's Crime Branch in 2017, on charges of conspiring to kill a colleague, whom he though had been having an affair with his second wife.