Ananthamurthy, who was admitted in a private hospital last week for treatment following infection and fever, was put on multi-support system as his condition turned critical earlier in the day, hospital sources said.

"As his condition worsened, we had put him on life-support systems, including dialysis," a Manipal Hospital spokesman told reporters later.

Remembering Ananthamurthy as one of the pioneers of the "Navya" (new) movement in Kannada literature,Siddaramaiah said he advocated that literary personalities should have social responsibility and always responded to things that are of public interest and raised his voice for it.
The Chief Minister said Ananthamurthy was a true socialist and a "public intellectual." Ananthmurthy had his unique opinion about various issues and used to analyse things differently as he was "an ocean of thoughts."
He was a true ambassador of Kannada literature, and it has become poorer with his death, he added. Former Chief Minister H D Kumaraswamy in his condolence message said Ananthamurthy had brought laurels to the state through his literature. He was known for his ideological writings and stands he took.
Karnataka state BJP president Pralhad Joshi said in Ananthamurthy's death Karnataka has lost a great scholar and a thinker.

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