Noted Kannada theatre artist and film actor Hirannaiah Narasimha Murthy died here on Thursday while being treated for liver disease, hospital authorities said. He was 84. Kengeri-based BGS Gleneagles Global Hospital confirmed the death of the Kannada actor. "He was provided with the best clinical care and his condition was closely monitored. Initially he showed signs of improvement but his liver function continued to deteriorate due to the advanced state of the disease. "Despite all the best clinical efforts and interventions, he succumbed to the illness at 8.45 a.m.," a statement read.
Hirannaiah was born in Mysuru, Karnataka on February 15, 1934, and had been part of more than 30 movies. He had also won the Karnataka State Award. Known by his stage name - Master Hirannaiah - the late veteran established the Hirannaiah Award in memory of his actor-writer father K. Hirannaiah.