Veteran Telugu actor and Former Union Minister Mr. Uppalapati Krishnam Raju passed away at the age of 83 in the wee hours of Sunday, the 11th of September.
According to sources, the former minister and Tollywood legend was was undergoing treatment at AIG Hospital in Hyderabad, Telangana. He was suffering from post COVID-19 ailments and was admitted to the hospital on the 5th of August. He was diagnosed with severe pneumonia caused by multidrug-resistant bacteria and fungal organisms, and severe infective bronchitis.
Furthermore, actor Krishnam Raju had heart rhythm disturbances during the hospital stay and worsening kidney function, which caused serious health issues to the Tollywood star. He was even put on ventilator support since he was admitted to the hospital, confirmed the hospital sources. The hospital authority said, “He (Krishnam Raju) succumbed to severe pneumonia and its complications on 11 September at 3.16 A.M., due to cardiac arrest.”
Notably, Uppalapati Krishnam Raju was a two-time Lok Sabha member and served as Union Minister of Telangana in the Atal Bihari Vajpayee regime. Krishnam Raju started his film career with the Telugu movie ‘Chilaka Gorinka’ in 1966 and was known as ‘Rebel Star’.
Raju acted in over 180 films and remained a trendsetter with his rebellious characters. It is pertinent to mention that he was an uncle of ‘Baahubali’ star Prabhas. Krishnam Raju even won several awards and accolades for various roles he portrayed in films of every genre.
Meanwhile, Telangana Chief Minister Mr. K. Chandrashekar Rao in a statement condoled his death.
KCR said that the death of Krishnam Raju, who acted as a hero in many films during a fifty-year career and won the hearts of moviegoers as a ‘Rebel Star’ with his unique acting style, is a great loss for the Telugu silver screen.
He further said, “Krishnam Raju served the people of the country as a member of the Lok Sabha, as a Union Minister and through the field of political administration, is sad.”
On the other hand, condoling the former minister’s death, Telangana Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) Chief Mr. Bandi Sanjay Kumar in a statement said the death of Krishnam Raju is painful and a big loss to the BJP, Telugu film industry and people.
Mr. Narendra Modi, the Prime Minister of India, also expressed condolences upon hearing demise of actor Krishnam Raju.
Furthermore, last rites of Veteran actor, who is survived by his wife and two daughters is likely to be held on the 11th of September.
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