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Telugu actor JV Ramana Murthy dies at 83

Ramana Murthy, younger brother of renowned actor JV Somayajulu, was admitted to hospital earlier this week with breathing difficulty.


Popular Telugu film actor of yesteryears JV Ramana Murthy died in a private hospital in Hyderabad on Wednesday night of cardiac arrest. He was 83.

"He was hospitalized earlier this week for a heart-related ailment. He had difficulty breathing. He passed away on Wednesday night," a source from his family told IANS.

Ramana Murthy's tryst with acting began with theatre. He became popular for playing the role of Girisam in the Telugu play Kanyasulakam, which also featured his older brother, the renowned actor JV Somayajula.

Ramana Murthy's first big-screen acting stint happened in KB Tilak's socio-political Telugu film MLA (1957). Subsequently, he went on to star in over 75 films. These included Mangalya Balam, Batasari, Maro Charithra, Siri Siri Muvva and Aakali Rajyam.

A recipient of the coveted Nandi award for his contribution to theatre, Ramana Murthy last appeared on the big screen in the 2013 Telugu drama, Thummeda.

He is survived by his son and daughter. His brother Somayajulu passed away on 24 April 2004.