V G Siddhartha, the Chairman and managing director of the Cafe Coffee Day (CCD) group was found dead on the morning of July 31. His body was recovered from Netravati river after 36 hours of intense search operation. He was cremated on the same day. The coffee baron had gone missing since the night of July 29, 2019, and was suspected to have committed suicide by jumping off the bridge into the Netravathi river near Karnataka's Mangaluru coast.
On Wednesday, July 31, 2019 coffee baron VG Siddhartha's body was recovered from Netravati river by the Mangaluru police. Two local fishermen fished out the body which had washed ashore near Ullal in Mangaluru. A gold ring on his right-hand finger, a digital watch on the left hand and the shoes helped to identify that it was Siddhartha's body.
VG Siddhartha's body was kept at Chikkamgaluru for the general public to pay their homage. His last rites were performed at his native village in the Coffee district.
In pic: The body of Indian coffee baron late V G Siddhartha is taken into an ambulance from the Wenlock hospital after a post-mortem autopsy in Mangalore.
Hundreds of people including family, friends, and well-wishers bid a tearful adieu to Cafe Coffe Day founder-owner VG Siddhartha as his last rites took place at his coffee estate at Chethanahalli village in Karnataka's Chikkamagaluru district.
In pic: Family members and relatives pay homage to the mortal remains of coffee baron V G Siddhartha.
VG Siddhartha was the son-in-law of senior BJP leader, S.M. Krishna, who previously served as the Chief Minister of Karnataka and was Minister of External Affairs in the UPA-2 government.
In pic: BS Yediyurappa, Chief Minister of Karnataka pays homage to the mortal remains of Cafe Coffee Day founder and the coffee baron of India, VG Siddhartha, in Chikmagalur, Karnataka.
The last rites of Cafe Coffee Day founder V G Siddhartha were performed by his eldest son Amartya, who lit the pyre to the body. The body of the coffee baron of India was cremated at a designated spot in the coffee estate in his native village. The last rites took place according to the Vokkaliga community traditions.
In pic: Former chief minister of Karnataka, SM Krishna pays his last respects to the mortal remains of his son-in-law and Cafe Coffee Day founder V G Siddhartha.
V G Siddhartha, who was also known as the coffee baron of India is survived by his wife Malavika and his 2 children, his parents and his in-laws.
In pic: Late VG Siddhartha's wife Malavika and his family members arrive to pay their last respects during his funeral in Chikmagalur, Karnataka.
In pic: VG Siddhartha's wife Malavika looks on as people pay their homage to the mortal remains of V G Siddhartha in Chikmagalur, Karnataka.
Karnataka Chief Minister B.S. Yediyurappa, former Chief Ministers Siddaramaiah and H.D. Kumaraswamy, Minister of Water Resources D.K. Shivakumar, Minister of Large and Medium scale industries K.J. George and former Rural Development Minister H.K. Patil were also present.
In pic: People pay homage to the remains of late coffee baron V.G. Siddhartha, founder of the Cafe Coffee Day retail chain, in Chikmagalur in Karnataka
In pic: A security person guards a Cafe Coffee Day outlet as a poster of VG Siddhartha is placed at the entrance for paying tribute in Bengaluru.
As a mark of respect, a holiday was declared in all the coffee estates across the district as hundreds of workers and employees of Cafe Coffee Day thronged to Chikmagalur, in order to get a glimpse of the late VG Siddhartha and pay their homage to the coffee baron of India.
The mortal remains of Cafe Coffe Day founder-owner V G Siddhartha were consigned to flames at his native village Chethanahalli in Karnataka's Chikkamagaluru district. VG Siddharta's body was recovered from Netravati river 36 hours after he went missing. The last rites were performed by his son as family, friends, workers, and employees bid an emotional adieu to the coffee baron of India. (All Pictures Courtesy/AFP and PTI)
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