Amid somber atmosphere, billionaire coffee magnate V.G. Siddhartha was cremated on July 31 evening at his estate in Chikkamagaluru, Karnataka. Hundreds of bereaved hearts gathered to pay homage to Siddhartha.
The Café Coffee Day chain founder-owner is survived by his wife Malavika and two sons, Amartya and Ishaan.
The eldest, Amartya, led his father‘s last rites between sporadic breakdowns and finally lighting the funeral pyre.
Thirty-six hours past speculations, the day unfolded with Dakshina Kannada Police recovering Siddhartha’s body. The cadaver was found on the banks of Netravathi river near Hoige Bazar area in Mangaluru,
Official report from Police Commissioner Sandeep Patil confirmed that a body was washed ashore near Hoige Bazar at around 6 am on July 31. The family members concerned were informed and directed to identify the body.
The 58-year-old business tycoon was reported missing since July 29 night. According to the statements from family, Siddhartha was enroute to Sakaleshpur for a business trip on the day. With an unprecedented detour to Mangaluru, he was last spotted on Ullal Bridge over Netravathi river, reported his driver. A letter purportedly written by Siddhartha stating his failure as an entrepreneur and details of company’s financial crisis has been doing rounds online since then.
Siddhartha is son-in-law of former Karnataka Chief Minister and senior BJP leader S.M. Krishna.