Telugu actor Nandamuri Harikrishna dies in road mishap

By NT Bureau Published on Aug 29, 2018 10:31 AM IST

Chennai: Popular Tollywood actor and former Rajya Sabha MP Nandamuri Harkrishna died in the wee hours of Wednesday in a road accident near Nalgonda in Telangana.

Harikrishna (61), is the eldest son of late actor-politician N T Rama Rao. He is also the brother-in-law of Andhra Pradesh chief minister N Chandrababu Naidu.

According to Nalgonda Superintendent of Police, Harikrishna was driving the car at the time of accident at 160km/ hr.

Harikrishna was quickly taken to Kamineni hospital in Narketpally where he was declared dead on arrival.

The police stated that Harikrishna was travelling from Hyderabad to Nellore to attend a fan's son's wedding, when the mishap took place at 6 am.

Sources state that Harikrishna was travelling to the wedding along with his friends and he turned around to grab a water bottle when he lost control of the car.

The vehicle hit a median, flew nearly 14 metres high in the air and narrowly missed hitting another vehicle coming in the opposite direction.  After this, the vehicle toppled over. While his friends were severely injured, Harikrishna died.

Speaking to press about Harikrishna's treatment, Duty Medical Officer of Kamineni Hospitals at Narkatpally, Ameer Khan says,'Harikrishna suffered severe head injury. Also we suspect internal bleeding. However, exact cause of the death is yet to be ascertained.'

Hearing the news, a huge crowd gathered at the accident spot and also at the hospital to console the family.

Harikrishna is survived by his wife and two sons- NTR Jr and Kalyan Ram, popular cine actors in Telugu industry, who rushed to the hospital on hearing the news.

Harikrishna's father, late actor and politician N T Rama Rao served as Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh for three terms. Harikrishna had served as Minister in Chandrababu Naidu's cabinet in late 1990s.

Incidentally, Nandamuri Harikrishna's eldest son Nandamuri Janaki Ram died in a car accident in 2014 in undivided Nalgonda district. NTR Jr also got hurt in car accident  in 2009 while returning to Hyderabad from Khammam district.

Expresing his condolences to Nandamuri Harikrishna, vice president M Venkaiah Naidu said he was saddened by the tragic death of Harikrishna. 'As a popular actor he has entertained the Telugu audience. As a parliamentarian, he was very upright and expressed his opinions frankly. My condolences to his family, well wishers and followers at this time of grief,' he said in a tweet.

Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrashekhar Rao also expressed his condolences on the untimely demise of Harikrishna, an official release said.

Many actors including Rana Daggubati and Genelia too have condoled the death of Harikrishna.

Last rites of Nandamuri Harikrishna will be held at his farmhouse at Rangareddy district, say sources.