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Krishna death, funeral UPDATES: Suriya and Kamal Haasan on emotional trauma faced by Mahesh Babu, body to be brought to Gachibowli stadium for last darshan -Newzflash

Telugu superstar Mahesh Babu mourns the demise of his father Krishna. On Tuesday, his family issued a joint statement officially informing the world of the sad news. A day after suffering a cardiac arrest, Krishna died today at a private hospital in Hyderabad. He was 79.

“It is with the deepest sadness that we inform you of the passing of our dear Krishna garu. He was a superstar in so many ways beyond the silver screen… guided by love, humility and compassion. He will live on through his work, through us and the many lives he touched. He loved us more than anything and we will miss him more with each passing day… but as they say goodbye is not forever. Until we meet again …,” read the statement signed as “The Ghattamaneni Family”.

Born Ghattamaneni Siva Rama Krishna Murthy, Krishna remained a top film star in Telugu cinema from the early 1960s to the late 1980s. In a career spanning more than five decades, he has starred in more than 300 films, in addition to producing and directing many others.

Mahesh Babu followed in his father Krishna’s footsteps and achieved superstardom in the Telugu film industry. It has been a difficult year for him as he has lost three of his family members this year. In January, his elder brother Ramesh Babu died of a kidney-related illness at the age of 56. And in September, Mahesh’s mother Indira died at the age of 70.

The who’s who of Indian cinema have expressed their condolences to Mahesh. “An icon of Telugu cinema Krishna gaaru is no more, an era ends with his death. I wish to share the grief of brother @urstrulyMahesh who has to bear this third emotional trauma of losing a mother, brother and now his father. My deepest condolences dear Mahesh gaaru,” wrote Tamil superstar Kamal Haasan.

Superstar Rajinikanth, who had collaborated with Krishna in a couple of films, also paid tribute. “Krishna garu’s demise is a great loss to the Telugu film industry…working with him in 3 films are memories I will always cherish. My heartfelt condolences to his family… may his soul rest in peace @urstrulyMahesh,” he wrote on his Twitter page.

Rajinikanth and Krishna had shared screen space in Ram Robert Rahim, Iddaru Asadhyule and Anna Dammula Saval.

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