Senior journalist and former Bigg Boss Kannada season 7 contestant Ravi Belagere passed away after suffering a heart attack on Friday in the early morning.. He was 62. Belagere, editor of popular Kannada tabloid Hai Bangalore suffered a cardiac arrest on Thursday at midnight at his office in Padmanabha Nagar in Bengaluru. Although he was rushed to the nearby hospital quickly, he breathed his last at the hospital.
He has honoured with many awards including the Karnataka Sahitya Academy Award, Rajyothsava award, Karnataka Media Academy Award for Lifetime achievement among others.Belagere was born on 15 March 1958 at Sathyanarayanapete, in Bellary.Belagere started his career as a lecturer of history, working as a lecturer of history in Bellary, Hassan and Hubli before heading to Bengaluru in 1984.he started his own newspaper Hai Bangalore in 1995 .
he published from his Padmanabhanagar office in Bengaluru. The columns like Love Lavike, Bottom Item and Khaas Baat apart from Papigala Lokadalli which was about the underworld, created many admirers and his paper was the largest circulated newspaper over the five years. After this success, he started a magazine O Manase which focused on difficulties and troubles of young people and it too was an instant success. Later, he produced several TV programs and acted in some movies.