Puneeth Rajkumar, Ganesh, Jaggesh, Chirranjeivi Sarjaa and many other Kannada celebs are shocked and saddened by the sudden death of Sandalwood actor Kashinath, who died of cancer in Bengaluru on Thursday, January 18.

He was reportedly suffering from cancer. He breathed his last on Thursday while undergoing treatment at the hospital. Read more

Kashinath, who made his acting debut with Amara Madhura Prema in 1982, went on to act in over 40 Kannada movies in his career spanning three and half decade. He also directed five movies and introduced several talented actors and technicians including Upendra, Sunil Kumar Desai and V Manohar.

Kashinath is known for his comedy timing and mannerism, which earned him a huge number of fans across the globe. Soon after hearing the news, several celebs took to Twitter and expressed shock and sadness over his demise.

Puneeth Rajkumar: Shocking to Know Kashinath Sir is no More. Deepest Condolences, ಅವರ ಆತ್ಮಕ್ಕೆ ಶಾಂತಿ ಸಿಗಲಿ. Very Big Loss to Kannada Film Industry!

Golden Star Ganesh: I am so saddened to know about the demise of Kashinath sir.He was a kind & a learned man. RIP

Harshika Poonacha: RIP Kashinath sir U have made us laugh in all your movies and proved that no actor can replace...

Ramesh Aravind: This was the final selfie with http://him.RIP Kashinath

Karthik Gowda: RIP Kashinath Sir. He brought a change in the way cinemas were made. Brought a whole lot of talent like uppi sir to the industry. Shocked by the news.

Priyanka Upendra: Shocked and extremely saddened to hear about the passing on of Kashinath Sir.Praying that his soul finds peace.Strength, love and prayers for his family

Abinaya: I still can't believe he is dead. He introduced me to films. He is my godfather. He taught me acting. He is like a father to me. I was still very young that time. He was very patient and taught me extremely well. Is so heartbreaking

Comedy actor Jaggesh recalled about his first meeting with Kashinath and his fond memories with him in a series of comments written in Kannada. Here is his series of Twitter posts

Actor Chirranjeivi Sarjaa tweeted in Kannada saying that he was his favourite actor and director and had a close relationship with his family. He is saddened over his death. May his soul rest in peace. He wrote, "ನನ್ನ ನೆಚ್ಚಿನ ನಟರು, ನಿರ್ದೇಶಕರು, ನಮ್ಮ ಕುಟುಂಬಕ್ಕೆ ಸ್ನೇಹಿತರು ಆಗಿದ್ದ ಕಾಶಿನಾಥ್ ಅಂಕಲ್ ನಿಧನ ತುಂಬ ದುಃಖ ತಂದಿದೆ. ದೇವರು ಅವರ ಆತ್ಮಕ್ಕೆ ಶಾಂತಿ ನೀಡಲಿ."