Jayaprakash became popular in Telugu cinema with his inimitable style of dialogue delivery
Guntur: Tollywood actor Jayaprakash Reddy died of cardiac arrest in Guntur in the early hours of Tuesday. He was 74. He is survived by his wife Rajyalakshmi and son Chandrapratap Reddy.
Popularly known as JP, Jayaprakash worked as a school teacher in a municipal high school before trying his hand at acting. He became popular in Telugu cinemas with his inimitable style of dialogue delivery, particularly his Rayalaseema accent. He played negative roles in over 100 films and many of them were blockbusters.
Though JP’s forefathers hailed from Kurnool district, he settled down in Guntur after completing his high school and college education in the city. He had been staying in his flat in Vidya Nagar area for the last five months as film shooting was cancelled due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
After his son and daughter-in-law tested positive for the virus a few days ago, JP and his wife had shifted to another flat in the same apartment. On Tuesday morning, he had gone to the wash room where he suffered a massive heart attack. He died on the spot.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi sent a condolence message to the family in Telugu. Vice-president Venakaiah Naidu, home minister Amit Shah, chief minister Jaganmohan Reddy, his Telangana counterpart KCR, TDP chief Chandrababu Naidu, actors Chiranjeevi, Mohan Babu and Mahesh Babu and director Rajamouli condoled the sudden death of Jayaprakash. Several prominent leaders, including former ministers Alapati Rajendra Prasad and Nakka Anand Babu, visited JP’s residence and paid tributes.