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Veteran Kannada actor Shivaram passed away on Saturday in Bengaluru. The sudden demise of 83 year old actor has sent a shockwave among his fans.

According to reports, Shivaram fell unconscious at his home on Tuesday night (November 30) while performing puja after which he was rushed to a private hospital in Bengaluru where the doctors revealed that he suffered a brain haemorrhage.

The actor had planned to visit the Sabarimala shrine, however, breathed his last on December 4.

The untimely death of veteran actor Shivaram stunned the Kannada film industry.

Due to the actor's age and other medical complications, doctors had ruled out surgery. The actor fought for four days, however, his health deteriorated and he passed away today.

According to reports, Shivaram was involved in a car accident last week but did not sustain any serious injuries.

Born on the 28th of January, 1938, Shivaram joined the film industry as an assistant director in 1958.

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He worked with filmmakers KR Seetharama Sastry, Puttanna Kanagal and Singeetam Srinivasa Rao. . In 1965, he made his acting debut with Beretha Jeeva. Shivaram has proven his mettle as a character actor over the years.

Shivaram had directed a film called Hrudaya Sangama in 1972, in addition to assisting and acting in films. The film featured Rajkumar and Bharathi. He produced a few Kannada films as well as Rajinikanth's Dharma Durai in Tamil.

The actor, in collaboration with his elder brother S Ramanathan, produced several hit films like - Gejje Pooja (1970), Driver Hanumanth (1980), Dharma Durai (1991) and Bahala Chennagide (2001).

The duo also financed the Bollywood film Geraftaar that featured Amitabh Bachchan, Kamal Haasan and Rajinikanth.

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