Last rites were performed on the mortal remains of the well known actor Ranganath at the Bansilalpet crematorium on Sunday evening. Film personalities like Rajendraprasad, Giribabu, Murali Mohan and Parachuri condoled his death. His acting talents and goodwill earned him many fans who accompanied the body to its final destination.
Ranganath hanged himself in the kitchen at his Kavadiguda residence in Gandhinagar on Saturday. Extreme depression was said to be the cause for his suicide. As the maid servant Meenakshi wanted to take off that day, his daughter came to the house to clean the premises. But, as the door was not opened after repeated knocks, the door was broken open with the help of the neighbours. The actor was found hanging to everybody’s shock. The police rushed to the spot and the body was shifted to Gandhi hospital where he was declared brought dead.
He is survived by two daughters and a son. Born in 1949 in Madras he acted in about 300 pictures. He played the lead role in at least 50 pictures. Tirumala Sundara Sri Ranganath made his debut with Buddhimanthu movie. He played his first lead role in Chandana in 1974. Actor Giribabu encouraged him in the early years of his movie career. With good command over written and spoken Telugu and English, he worked as a railway ticket collector before entering the tinsel world. ‘Intinti Ramayanam, Panthulamma, Vijetha, Adavi Donga were among his most popular movies. He also acted in tv serials Iddarammayilu and Santinivasam.