Well-known Telugu cinema actor-comedian Gundu Hanumantha Rao passed away in the wee hours of Monday in Hyderabad. He was 61.
According to reports, Rao was ailing for some time with kidney problems and passed away at his home at 3 a.m., according to family sources. He is survived by a son.
The actor was facing a financial crisis, following which the state government and actor Chiranjeevi came forward to help with his treatment expenses.
He acted in nearly 400 films and received three Nandi state awards. He made his film debut in 1987 with Jandhyala's iconic film Aha Na Pellanta.
The Telugu film fraternity and the Movie Artistes Association have expressed their condolences at the untimely death of Hanumantha Rao.
According to sources, Rao’s last rites are likely to be performed at Erragadda Burial Ground in Hyderabad’s SR Nagar.