Kempegowda (82), father of senior Congress MLA D.K. Shivakumar, passed away here on Tuesday. He died of a heart attack.

Kempegowda is survived by his wife, Gouramma, two sons, including Bangalore Rural MP D.K. Suresh, and a daughter. He was cremated at Dodda Alahalli in Sathanur hobli.

Prominent among those who paid tributes to him at the hospital were Chief Minister Siddaramaiah, Railway Minister M. Mallikarjun Kharge, the former External Affairs Minister S.M. Krishna and the former Chief Minister B.S. Yeddyurappa.

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