HYDERABAD: Telugu actor Jayaprakash Reddy died of a heart attack in Andhra Pradesh’s Guntur on Tuesday morning. He was 74.
As a character actor and comedy actor, Jayaprakash essayed roles in many films having begun his career with the movie Brahmaputrudu. The other films that brought him laurels and recognition include Preminchukundam Raa, Gabbar Singh, Chennakeshavareddy, Seethayya and Temper.
Jayaprakash Reddy, a resident of Allagadda, carved a niche for himself in the Telugu film industry speaking the Rayalaseema dialect in most of his films.
“Woke up to terrible news. Rest in peace sir,” tweeted actor Sudheer Babu on learning about the passing away of Jayaprakash Reddy.
Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister’s office (CMO) issued a statement condoling the loss of the versatile actor.
“Andhra Pradesh chief minister YS Jaganmohan Reddy has expressed grief over the death of popular character artiste Sri Jayaprakash Reddy, who created a special place for himself in film-land through his inimitable dialogue delivery and mannerisms. The Chief Minister conveyed his condolences to the bereaved family members,” said the statement.
Telugu Desam Party (TDP) chief N Chandrababu Naidu also expressed grief over the demise of the 74-year-old actor.
“Telugu cinema and theatre have lost a gem today with the demise of Jayaprakash Reddy Garu. His versatile performances over several decades have given us many a memorable cinematic moments. My heart goes out to his family and friends in this hour of grief,” Naidu wrote on Twitter.
As per his relatives, the actor had been living in Guntur since lockdown.
“He collapses in the bathroom due to a heart attack. His son and daughter-in-law are under treatment for Covid-19 infection. So the relatives are making arrangements for final rites,” said a relative.