Senior actress BV Radha, who acted in Kannada, Telugu and Tamil movies, died of a heart attack at a private hospital in Bangalore on Sunday. Her body will be handed over to a hospital, to fulfil her last wish.
BV Radha had been diagnosed with cancer a few years ago. She had almost recovered from the clutches of the disease after treatment. The 70-year-old actress was rushed to a private hospital in Kalyan Nagar, Bangalore on Saturday after her condition deteriorated.
BV Radha reportedly suffered heart attack and breathed her last, while she was undergoing treatment in the hospital. Her body would be kept at her residence in Horamavu, Bangalore, for the public to pay last respects.
Her husband, director KSL Swamy, who passed away on 20 October 2015, had donated his body to MS Ramaiah Medical College. BV Radha has followed his footsteps in death too, by donating her body to the same hospital.
BV Radha started her acting career with legendry Kannada actor late Rajkumar's 1964 film Navakoti Narayana. Then she went on to work with MG Ramachandran, Sivaji Ganesan, NT Rama Rao, Gemini Ganesan, Akkineni Nageswara Rao and Jaishankar, who were the leading actors in the south Indian cinema in the 1960s and 1970s.
The actress played important roles in over 250 Kannada movies, 50 in Tamil, Telugu, Malayalam, Tulu and Hindi. Radha was honoured with the Kanaka Ratna Award by Kaginele Kanaka Guru Peetha for her contribution to theatre and cinema. Her most notable role in Tamil was Thazampoo in 1966.
The Kannada film industry is yet to recover from the loss of Actor RN Sudarshan and supporting artiste Lambu Nagesh, who passed away earlier this week. The news of BV Radha's death has come as another rude shock for Sandalwood. Many celebs from the industry and film buffs have expressed their grief over her demise.
Glamour Sathya @glamour_sathya
Veteran Actress #BVRadha(acted in Kannada,Tamil,Telugu,who made her debut in 1964, died today at Bangalore.May her soul rest in peace !
Sridevi Sreedhar @sridevisreedhar
Veteran Kannada actress BV Radha (69) who did films with all top actors during her prime, passed away in Bangalore today. RIP #bvradha
#Kannada film industry has lost 3 veteran actors in last 1 week #BVRadha, #RNSudarshan & #LambooNagesh . RIP. ಅವರ ಆತ್ಮಕ್ಕೆ ಶಾಂತಿ ಸಿಗಲಿ