Music director Devi Sri Prasad's father Satyamurthy, who was one of the noted scriptwriters in the Telugu film industry, died of heart attack at his home in Chennai in the wee hours of Monday.

Satyamurthy, who was said to have been healthy, suffered a massive cardiac arrest at his home this morning. Before his family could rush him to the hospital, the 61-year-old scriptwriter breathed his last. He is survived by his wife and son. His last rites will reportedly be performed in the city on Monday evening.

He began his career as a lyricist and went on to become a scriptwriter later. He shot to fame with K Raghavendra Rao's 1982 Telugu film "Devata" starring Sobhan Babu, Sridevi and Jaya Prada in the lead roles. Then onwards, there was no looking back for this talented writer, who worked in over 80 movies.

He had worked with most of popular actors and directors and was one of the most sought after scriptwriters of his time. "Khaidi No 786", "Pedarayudu, Satruvu", "Police Lockup", "Chanti", "Bhale Donga", "Challenge" and "Abhilasha" are some of Satyamurthy's notable contributions to the Telugu film industry.

The Telugu film industry has lost some noted personalities in recent months and the death of Satyamurthy is another great loss. His sudden demise has shocked and saddened many people in Tollywood, who have conveyed their heart-felt condolences to his bereaved family.