Veteran Telugu actor Rallapalli Venkata Narasimha Rao breathed his last at a private hospital in Hyderabad on Friday after a cardiac arrest.

As per the reports, the 74-year-old actor, who starred in more than 800 movies had been suffering from a liver problem and was admitted to Maxcure Hospitals in Madhapur on May 15.

His last rites will be held at the Mahaprasthanam on Sunday.

Popularly known as Rallapalli, he was born in Anantapur district in Andhra Pradesh and began his career as a stage artist in 1960 before heading to films in 1974 with the movie, Stree.

He earned a lot of recognition for his character of a transgender person in Mani Ratnam's Bombay. His other movies include Mantrigari Viyyankudu, Sitara, Chillara Devullu, Chali Cheemalu, Oorimadi Bratkulu, Toorpu Velle Railu, Srivariki Premalekha, Khaidi and Alaya Sikharam.

The actor received three state Nandi Awards - Best Actor for the National Award winning film Oorummadi Brathukulu in 1976, Best Male Comedian in 1986 and Best Supporting Actor - Television for Ganapathi.

Tributes poured in for Rallapalli Venkata Narasimha Rao with many taking to social media to remember the actor and express their condolences.

YSRCP Party shared a statement on Twitter,

"YSRCP President Sri YS Jagan Mohan Reddy has expressed grief over the demise of veteran comedian Rallapalli Venkata Narasimha Rao and conveyed his condolences to the bereaved family members. The artiste had won laurels in theatre, television and films as an actor, writer and director through his inimitable style."

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