Srihari (Left) with director Apoorva Lakhia (Twitter/Apoorva Lakhia)
Srihari (Left) with director Apoorva Lakhia (Twitter/Apoorva Lakhia)Twitter/Apoorva Lakhia

Telugu actor Srihari passed away at Mumbai's Lilavati hospital on Wednesday (9 October).

The veteran actor, who was reportedly suffering from cancer, died while undergoing medical treatment. He was aged 49.

Confirming his death, Bollywood filmmaker Apoorva Lakhia, who directed Srihari in "Thoofan", tweeted, "Shree Hari sir, my Sher Khan from Thoofan passes away at 5pm in Lilawati hospital in Mumbai... RIP... Sad, torn..."

Srihari began his film career playing the antagonist. Later, he began playing the lead actor in several films. The versatile star was known for his roles in "Magadheera", "Nuvvostanante Nenoddantana", "Brindavanam" and Tamil film "Vettaikaran".

The actor is survived by his wife Shanthi (former actress) and two children.

His sudden death has left the Telugu film fraternity and fans in shock. Several celebrities took to Twitter to offer their condolences to the actor's family.

Siddharth @Actor_Siddharth: "Shocked to hear that Srihari garu has passed away. One of the kindest, most generous people in the Telugu film industry. Terrible loss."

Gopichand Malineni @megopichand: "Itz very shocking and unbelievable news about srihari garu ,he was my family ,i will really miss him in peace Srihari  Anna :("

DEVI SRI PRASAD @ThisIsDSP: "Totally shocked to know abt d sudden demise of Actor Srihari garu..!! So sad... May his soul R.I.P... May God giv Strength to his family.."

Sreenu Vaitla @SreenuVaitla: "Shocked to hear the sudden demise of Srihari garu..a very good friend and a kind human deepest condolences to his family..R.I.P"

vennela kishore @vennelakishore: "Very shocking to hear that srihari garu is no more..was a Grt human..always stuck to his 'never say no' policy..may his soul rest in peace."

MAHIE GILL @OfficialMahie: "My heart sank to hear about sad demise of #SriHari..His movies and his Memory will live on in our hearts forever. #RIP."

Navdeep @pnavdeep26: "Another loss to our industry!! Srihari garu!! Rip sir we will miss you!! :("

Radikaa Sarathkumar @realradikaa: "So shocked to hear of Telugu actor srihari's death. My heart goes out to his family."

nithiin @actor_nithiin: "Shocked to hear that srihari garu is no more..may his soul r.i.p.."

Varun Sandesh @iamvarunsandesh: "Sad news 2 hear tht SriHari Anna passd away! Was a very kind hearted person! May his soul rest in peace! Heartfelt condolences 2 his family!"