Veteran Telugu actor Uppalapati Krishnam Raju passed away at the age of 83 in the wee hours of Sunday, September 11, family sources told IANS. He is survived by his wife and three daughters. Actor Prabhas is his nephew. Popularly known as the ‘Rebel Star’ of Tollywood, Krishnam Raju has acted in more than 180 movies in a career spanning over five decades. Krishnam Raju acted in movies ranging from social, family, romantic, and thriller movies to historical and mythological movies. His successful movies include Amara Deepam, Sita Ramulu, Katakataala Rudraiah and many more. The actor’s last on-screen outing was Prabhas starrer Radhe Shyam.
In a press statement, AIG Hospitals said that Krishnam Raju succumbed to severe pneumonia and its complications and expired at 3.16 am on September 11 with cardiac arrest.