Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Chief Ministers of the two Telugu states also condoled the death of the veteran actor, who will be cremated with state honours in Hyderabad.

Chiranjeevi with Prabhas at the residence of late actor Krishnam RajuTwitter/vamsikaka
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The last rites of veteran Tollywood actor and former Union Minister Uppalapati Krishnam Raju will be performed with state honours in Hyderabad on Monday, September 12. Krishnam Raju, popularly known as Rebel Star, passed away in the early hours of Sunday at AIG Hospital. He was 83. His body was shifted to his residence, where it will be kept till Monday afternoon to allow his fans to pay their last respects. Leaders of various political parties and film personalities visited his house to pay their last respects.

Union Minister for Culture G Kishan Reddy, Telangana Minister KT Rama Rao, Telugu Desam Party chief Chandrababu Naidu, actors Chiranjeevi, Pawan Kalyan, Krishna, Mahesh Babu, Jr NTR, Venkatesh, Vijay Deverakonda, Murali Mohan, Mohan Babu, and directors Trivikram, Raghavendra Rao among many others paid their last respects to Krishnam Raju. They consoled Krishnam Raju’s family members including his nephew actor Prabhas. Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Chief Ministers of the two Telugu states also condoled his death.

"Saddened by the passing away of Shri UV Krishnam Raju Garu. The coming generations will remember his cinematic brilliance and creativity. He was also at the forefront of community service and made a mark as a political leader. Condolences to his family and admirers. Om Shanti," Modi tweeted.

Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao directed officials to make arrangements for Krishnam Raju's cremation with state honours. The Chief Minister asked Chief Secretary Somesh Kumar to make the necessary arrangements. 

Krishnam Raju was a two-time Lok Sabha member and served as Union Minister of State in the Atal Bihari Vajpayee government. Known as 'Rebel Star', Krishnam Raju acted in over 180 films and remained a trendsetter with his rebellious characters. He started his film career with the Telugu movie Chilaka Gorinka in 1966. His last film was Prabhas-starrer Radhe Shyam. He won several awards and accolades for various roles he portrayed in films.

He is survived by his wife and three daughters. AIG Hospitals, where he was undergoing treatment, in a statement, said he was admitted for post-COVID complications on August 5. He was diagnosed with severe pneumonia caused by multidrug-resistant bacteria and fungal organisms, and severe infective bronchitis. He had heart rhythm disturbances during the hospital stay and worsening of kidney function. He was managed on ventilator support since admission, the hospital statement said. "He succumbed to severe pneumonia and its complications on September 11 and expired at 3.16 AM due to cardiac arrest," it said.

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