Kannada actor Puneeth Rajkumar passed away on Friday due to a massive heart attack and the news of his sudden demise has come as a major shock for celebrities and fans around the country. Kannada film industry personalities and celebrities from across the nation have been paying their tributes and extending their condolences in person and on social media. Meanwhile, leading Tamil actor Ajith Kumar expressed his condolences to the late Puneeth and his family in an official statement through his manager Suresh Chandra on Twitter today. 

Ajith and his wife Shalini in their message said that the demise of Puneeth Kumar has left him sad and hoped for the late actor's family members and friends to gain strength in coming out of this grief. Suresh Chandraa tweeted, "Condolence msg from Mr Ajith kumar. Saddened to hear the unfortunate demise of Shri Puneeth kumar ji, may his family and friends gain strength to over come this grief. Ajith kumar and Shalini Ajith kumar." Below is Ajith and Shalini's condolence message: 

It has been revealed that Puneeth Rajkumar's funeral service will be held on Saturday at the Kanteerava Stadium for fans and celebrities, personalities from all walks of life and fans to pay their final respects.