TDP founder NT Rama Rao’s son and actor-politician N Harikrishna died in a road accident in Telangana’s Nalgonda district early on Wednesday. He was 61.

Former Rajya Sabha MP Harikrishna sustained critical head injuries when the car in which he was travelling in along with two others overturned while overtaking another vehicle near Anneparthi. The vehicle hit the divider and collided with another vehicle coming from the opposite direction.

He was rushed to Kamineni Hospital at Narketpally where he succumbed to his injuries.

“Harikrishna suffered severe head injury. Also we suspect internal bleeding. However, exact cause of the death is yet to be ascertained,” Duty Medical Officer of Kamineni Hospitals at Narkatpally, Ameer Khan told PTI.

Harikrishna, son of Telugu Desam Party (TDP) founder and former Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N.T. Rama Rao, was on his way to Nellore district of Andhra Pradesh to attend a wedding.

He was a member of the TDP politburo and brother-in-law of TDP president and Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu.

Harikrishna is survived by two wives Lakshmi and Shalini, two sons Junior NTR and Kalyan Ram and daughter Suhasini.

His eldest son Janki Ram was also killed in road accident in 2014 in the same district.

Harikrishna was an actor and had acted in several Telugu movies. His sons, Kalyan and Taraka Rama Rao, popularly known as Junior NTR are also famous Telugu stars.

Harikrishna had served as minister in Chandrababu Nadiu’s cabinet in late 1990s.

Vice president M Venkaiah Naidu said he was saddened by the tragic death of Harikrishna.

“As a popular actor he has entertained the Telugu audience. As a parliamentarian, he was very upright and expressed his opinions frankly.My condolences to his family, well wishers and followers at this time of grief,” he said in a tweet.


Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrashekhar Rao also expressed his condolences on the untimely demise of Harikrishna, an official release said.

The chief minister recalled the services of late Harikrishna in political and cinema fields.

(With agency inputs)