Actor Rami Reddy who shot to fame playing the bad guy in Telugu and Hindi films, passed away here on Thursday while undergoing treatment for a kidney ailment. He was 52.

Reddy, who was undergoing treatment for the past couple of weeks, died at a private hospital in Secunderabad at around 11 a.m. on Thursday morning. He is survived by two daughters and a son.

The actor who had his first hit ‘Ankusam’ in 1990, went on to act in as many as 250 films in Telugu, Tamil, Kannada, Hindi, Malayalam and Bhojpuri.

The final rites would be conducted at Punjagutta crematorium here this evening.

Hailing from Chittoor district of Andhra Pradesh, Reddy started his career as a journalist before entering the film industry.

Comedian Brahmanandam termed the sudden demise of Reddy a big loss for the film industry. “He (Rami Reddy) was a great actor,” Brahmanandam said.

Rami Reddy’s roles in Telugu films such as ‘Osey Ramulamma’, ‘Gayam’, ‘Ammoru’, ‘Jagadeka Veerudu Athiloka Sundari’ and ‘Kshana Kshanam’ made him a popular actor.