Karnataka CM Siddaramaiah's son Rakesh dies in Belgium

New Delhi: In what would come as a shocking news across the state of Karnataka, Chief Minister Siddaramaiah's son Rakesh, who was undergoing treatment in the Belgian capital, passed away on Saturday due to multiple-organ failure.


He was undergoing treatment for acute pancreatitis at Brussel's Antwerp University Hospital.


Siddaramaiah and his family are likely to bring Rakesh’ body back to India on Sunday evening.


Prime Minister Narendra Modi has reportedly requested the Indian Ambassador to Belgium to assist Siddaramaiah’s family in carrying out the legal formalities in bringing the body back to India.


Unconfirmed reports suggest that Rakesh went to Tomorrowland Fest-2016 in Belgium along with his friends.


Siddaramaiah’s younger son Yatindra, his wife and their family doctor had left ahead of the CM himself.

Siddaramaiah had political ambitions for Rakesh, who was slated to contest from the CM’s constituency of Varuna in Mysuru district, after the latter quit politics. He has often suggested that he would retire from politics after his tenure as Chief Minister.

After his birthday in July 2015, Rakesh had said that Siddaramaiah had clearly told him that he could not contest elections while his father was active in politics.