Leading Kannada actor Puneeth Rajkumar passed away in unexpected circumstances and his demise took one and all by a deep shock. Lakhs and lakhs of fans and prominent celebrities from the Indian film fraternity paid their last respects to the much loved actor. Amidst uncontrollable tears, he was cremated with full state honours. Puneeth was survived by his wife Ashwini Revanth and two daughters - Drithi Rajkumar and Vanditha Rajkumar. Yesterday (November 16), Puneeth's wife, Ashwini issued her first official statement after the star actor's demise. Ashwini Puneeth Rajkumar thanked the fans who expressed their love towards Puneeth Rajkumar without causing any ruckus at the funeral.

She also expressed her gratitude to the people who gave a respectful farewell to Puneeth. Ashwini's official statement read, "The untimely death of Sri Puneeth Rajkumar has been shocking not only to the family but also to the entire state of Karnataka. It is hard to imagine the extent of pain this loss would have brought on you - the fans who made the 'Power Star'. Despite the pain that you have gone through, you have not lost your calm and not let any unpleasant incidents occur, ensuring a respectful farewell to Puneeth Rajkumar.

It is with heavy heart that I acknowledge the condolences from millions; not only cinephiles but people of all ages from India and abroad alike. I am in tears when I see thousands of you follow your dear Appu's path and register for eye donation. He will live on in these good deeds that you do by keeping him as an ideal and also in the zeal that his memory inspires in you. On behalf of our entire family, heartfelt gratitude to all the fans and every individual for your love and support".

Ashwini Puneeth Rajkumar is currently taking care of the operations of PRK Productions, a production house started by Puneeth Rajkumar. For now, check out the official statement from Ashwini on Puneeth's demise here: