Mandya: A high alert was today sounded in South Karnataka, after the demise of Kannada actor-turned-politician Malavalli Huchche Gowda Amarnath, famous by screen name Ambareesh. Security has been tightened up in Mandya district, as it has a huge fan following of the deceased film politician, Times of India reported. Also Read - 8 Dead in Dynamite Blast At Quarry in Karnataka's Shivamogga, CM Yediyurappa Orders High-level Probe

According to the report, precautionary measures have been put in place to deal with any unfortunate incident. There is a fear that fans might take an extreme step in the wake of the politician’s death. To avoid the untoward situation, security has been beefed up. Also Read - Thanks to Karnataka Police, Woman Reunited With Her 9-Month-Old Son After He Was Left Abandoned

As the demise of MH Ambareesh hit headlines, many followers took to the street to express their grief, and offer condolences to the family. Also Read - Wait Over! Tesla Finally Enters India as it Registers Office in Bengaluru; Karnataka CM Tweets Welcome to Elon Musk

Actor-turned-politician Malavalli Huchche Gowda Amarnath, famous by screen name Ambareesh, died on Saturday at the age of 66. The former Congress MLA breathed his last at Vikram Hospital in Bengaluru. He is survived by his wife Sumalatha and son Abhishek Gowda.

Earlier in the evening, he complained of breathlessness following which he was rushed to the hospital.

Ambareesh had served as the Minister of State (MoS), in the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting, from October 24, 2006 to February 15, 2008 under the Manmohan Singh-led government. Expressing grief over his sudden demise, the Karnataka Congress Pradesh Committee (KPCC) chief Dinesh Gundu Rao tweeted, “Shocked to hear the news of our beloved politician and rebel star #Ambarish’s demise. One of Karnataka’s iconic film stars and much-loved personality. My heartfelt condolences to his bereaved family.”