Veteran Telugu actor Rallapalli Venkata Narasimha Rao, popularly known by his surname Rallapalli, died at a private hospital in Hyderabad on Friday evening after a cardiac arrest.
He was 74.
Rallappali, who had been suffering from a liver problem, died at 6:16pm following a cardiac arrest, hospital sources said. He was admitted to the hospital on May 15, they said.
Rallapalli began his acting career in theater at a young age and subsequently entered films. He had also worked as a staff artiste in the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting.
He acted in more than 800 films and was popular as a comedian and character artiste.
He was a five-time winner of the prestigious Nandi award in undivided Andhra Pradesh.
Some of his well-known films include "Thoorpu velle Railu", "Srivariki Prema Lekha" and "Rendu Rellu Aaru".