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Akkineni Nageswara Rao Dies Of Cancer; Tollywood Stars Express Shock Over ANR's Death

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Updated: Wednesday, January 22, 2014, 12:05 [IST]

Legendary Telugu actor Akkineni Nageswara Rao, who was recently admitted to hospital, lost his battle with cancer on Wednesday (January 22, 2014). At 2.10 am today, the 90-year-old actor, who is fondly known as ANR, was rushed to the Care Hospital for treatment, when his condition got worsened. But he died at the hospital at 2.45 am. He was 91. He is survived by three daughters and two sons.

See: Akkineni Nageswara Rao's Biography | ANR's Rare and unseen pictures

On January 7, it was rumoured that Akkineni Nageswara Rao's health condition was deteriorating, but his grandson Sumanth had slammed the reports stating that he was healthy. The budding actor tweeted, "A rumour seems to be floating around that my grandfather is critical. It's not true! ANR is doing alright! Thanks for your concern."

See: Pictures of Tollywood stars paying last respect to ANR

In a recent public event, Akkineni Nageswara Rao himself had said that he had suffered a heart problem and in 1988, he had a heart attack for which had underwent an operation for the same. In October 2013, he was diagnosed with cancer after he was admitted to hospital following stomach pain. Recently, he had undergone surgery for intestinal cancer and was said to be fast recovering from it.

Talking about the cancer, Akkineni Nageswara Rao had said, "I am not shocked or scared at the cancer diagnosis now. I have a strong will and I have the best wishes of the people."

The 90-year-old actor, who made his acting debut with Telugu film Sitarama Jananam in 1944, had starred in 250 films. Batasari, Devadasu and Prem Nagar are some of his best films. He was currently shooting for Telugu family drama Manam with son Akkineni Nagarjuna and grandson Akkineni Naga Chaitanya. His sudden death has shocked Tollywood.

Many shocked Telugu stars took to their Twitter to offer condolences to his family. Continue to read their comments and also see ANR's rare and unseen pictures in the slideshow.

SS Rajamouli ‏@ssrajamouli

Saddened by the news of the legendary Nageswararao garu. He stood as a towering father figure for the telugu film industry. Irreparable loss.

Samantha Ruth Prabhu ‏@Samanthaprabhu2

RIP ANR Garu.what a great loss.love and strength to the family on this sad day.greatest honour for me to have been in the same frame as him.

Priya Mani ‏@priyamani6

Had the opportunity to just have a glimpse of #Akkineni Nageshwar Rao garu at one of the audio launches in hyd!!!!! A very encouraging person he was!!!a great loss for the industry!!!!u will b missed ANR garu!!!!! May the family find strength to cope with this huge loss:(

Lakshmi Manchu ‏@LakshmiManchu

So disturbing... is it true abt #anr thata :( this is not happening!!!

Vennela Kishore ‏@vennelakishore

Shocked to see news abt ANR garu..who has been a parent node for TFI network.cinema would never be the same if he hadn't come along..RIP sir.

Sreenu Vaitla ‏@SreenuVaitla

"Mahabhi nishkramanam" the great ANR garu will miss you sir!

Koratala Siva ‏@sivakoratala

Oka sekam mugisindi. ANR garu passed away. A towering personality with a strong soul. Always inspired by the way he lived his life.

Deva Katta ‏@devakatta

He even humbled death with his grace...smiled at it before it knocked on his door, made friends with it and walked away into eternal light.. The legend of legends with towering achievements and utmost conscience lives with us and leads us forever...May his soul rest in peace !!

DEVI SRI PRASAD ‏@ThisIsDSP

OMG.!! Shockd n saddend by d news of Legendary ANR garu.. Always considered him Immortal.!! Cannot believe this news.!! May his soul RIP...

Madhura Sreedhar ‏@madhurasreedhar

We miss you 'ANR' Garu. You are Evergreen Hero of Telugu Cinema.

Rahul Ravindran ‏@23_rahulr

Legends will live on forever thru their body of work.This immortality is perhaps an artiste's grtest gift & ANR Garu is 1 of d most gifted.

Kousalya Singer ‏@SingerKOUSALYA

Rest In Peace ANR garu :(

Koti Paruchuri ‏@kotiparuchuri

R.i.p Sri Akkineni Nageswararao garu Salute Sir.

Neeraja Kona ‏@NeerajaKona

ANR Garu passed away... Such a sad news... Such a sad day!

Varun Sandesh ‏@iamvarunsandesh

R.I.P to d legend ANR garu!! All I can say is it was great to have walked in your footsteps:-(

Gopi Mohan ‏@Gopimohan

ANR garu,A true great artiste in Indian Cinema,will live forever in our hearts with his golden memorable films.RIP.

T.S.Suresh ‏@editorsuresh

#RIP Legend Akkineni Nageswara Rao Gaaru. . . One of the greatest actors of all time in indian cinema! #ANR

SKN ‏@SKNonline

Just woke up with a nightmare in middle of sleeping. Its really disturbing more than nightmare sad RIP ANR garu unable to digest..da fact.

RJV ‏@RJV4U

Feeling extremely sad to believe that ANR garu is no more :'( ...We lost a major pillar of Telugu Film Industry..RIP :(

Jalapathy Gudelli ‏@JalapathyG

Legendary actor Akkineni Nageswara Rao (90) is no more. He died of cancer. One of the greatest actors of all time in Indian Cinema. RIP. But ANR garu will live forever in our hearts. He was not only grt actor, but also a grt producer. Many of our classics happened coz of him...

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Story first published:  Wednesday, January 22, 2014, 8:25 [IST]
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