Tollywood turned sombre today upon the news of the passing away of veteran Telugu actor Vijay Prasad, popularly known as "Vizag Prasad", in the early hours following a cardiac arrest.
He was 75.
Prasad had been suffering from illness for the past two years, and reportedly collapsed in the washroom whereupon his family members rushed him to a nearby Yashoda Hospital where he breathed his last. He is survived by a son and daughters who are in America. His cremation will take place after his children return home.
Prasad started his film career with Babayi Abbayi starring Nandamuri Balakrishna, and was best known for his role as an antagonist in the 2001 film Nuvvu Nenu
starring late Uday Kiran, for which he received critical acclaim. He had also starred in several TV serials like Idhi Maa Prema Katha, Allari Bullodu and Ranivari Bangla. He had also acted in a Tamil film Unnal Mudiyum Thambi starring Kamal Haasan.
The film fraternity and Movie Artiste's Association (MAA) expressed grief his passing away. Many in Tollywood also took to the social media after his death to express their condolences.