Noted Telugu comedian Gundu Hanumantha Rao passes away at 61

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Gundu Hanumatha Rao passed away due to health ailments.

Gundu Hanumantha Rao, a renowned Tollywood comedian, who featured in over 400 films, breathed his last in the wee hours of Monday at his residence in Sanath Nagar, Hyderabad. He received three Nandi Awards for TV programmes. The veteran actor died at the age of 61. The Tollywood icon suffered from heart and kidney ailments and was already undergoing treatment for the same. His role in television serials like Amrutham won him incredible acclaim and fame. One such person is Gundu Hanumantha Rao Garu.

The state government and actor Chiranjeevi had come forth to help Hanumantha with his medical expenses when he was going through a financial crisis.

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Gundu Hanumantha Rao also forayed into the TV industry with hit sitcom Amrutham, which was telecast on Gemini TV between 2001 and 2007. "Very sad to hear that Gundu Hanumantharao Garu is no more..."

Telugu Movie Artists association has mentioned their condolences to Gundu Hanumantha Rao. "May his soul Rest in Peace", actor Shrikanth Meka wrote.

Gundu Hanumantha Rao had acted in numerous familiar films such as Rajendradu Gajendradu, Pellaniki Premalekha Priyuraliki Subhalekha, Jodi No.1, Mayaloodu, Nenu Seetamahalakshmi, Apparao Driving School, Kedi No.1, Neramu Siksha, Kalyanam, Original, High School, Colors, Kothoka Vintha, Panchamukhi, Mano Balam, Sri Sai Sankalpam, among many others.

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