Legendary Telugu actor Akkineni Nageswara Rao passed away in the early hours today after battling cancer for several months. He was 91.
A Dada Saheb Phalke award winner, Rao, who acted in all times hits like 'Tenali Rama Krishna', 'Devdas', 'Maya Bazaar' and 'Missamma', died in his sleep while he was under treatment, confirms APToday.
Son Nagarjuna officially confirmed about his demise.
In 2011, he received the Padma Vibhushan award.
He was diagnosed with cancer in October last year. He had publicly announced about it and requested his fans and well wishers not to shower sympathies on him.
Born Sep 20, 1924, Rao's 70-year-old career comprises a filmography of over 250 films. He had predominantly worked in Telugu as well as in a few Tamil films.
He started his career in theatre and played even women roles in the initial years of his career. In 1944, he essayed the lead role in Telugu drama "Sitarama Jananam".
He was currently acting in a film titled "Manam" which casts three generations of actors of his family.
Roa is survived by three daughters and two sons.
The body will be taken to Annapurna studios owned by the family to enable his fans and film personalities to pay their last tributes.