CCTV footage of a man sitting on a staircase and subsequently collapsing is being shared on social media with a claim that he is Kannada actor Puneeth Rajkumar, who died after suffering a fatal heart attack on October 29, 2021. The 46-year-old actor complained of chest pain in the morning while working out in his gym.
“puneeth rajkumar death video in gym || #puneethrajkumardeathvideo #puneethrajkumar #shorts,” the caption of the video read.
NewsMobile fact-checked the post and found the claim to be false and misleading.
While examining the video, we noticed that the date mentioned in the video was August 25, 2021.
Since actor Puneeth Rajkumar passed away on October 29, 2021, it is evident that the viral video has been in existence before he passed away.
Taking a cue from this, we ran a Reverse Image Search on keyframes of the video and found a news article featuring a screengrab from the same video. As per the article, the video shows a young man who passed away while working out in the gym. The article also mentioned that the incident took place at Banashankari Gold Gym in Bangalore.
The same was also reported by some other local media channels. One of the reports can be seen here.
NewsMobile also reached out to Banashankari Police Station. Police officials confirmed to us that the incident is from Bangalore.
NewsMobile had debunked the same video earlier when it was falsely shared as the last video of television actor and Big Boss 13 winner Siddharth Shukla, who passed away on September 2, 2021.
Hence, from the above information, it is clear that even though actor Puneeth Rajkumar passed away due to cardiac arrest, the viral video is old and does NOT show actor his last moments.
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