Telugu Desam party leader Kinjarapu Yerran Naidu died in a car accident early Friday in Andhra Pradesh.
The senior leader was attending some ceremonies in Vishakapatnam and was heading back to Srikakulam when his car met with an accident at around 2 am.
The car in which Naidu was travelling collided with an oil tanker near Ranasthalam in Srikakula on the national highway. He was immediately taken to Rajiv Gandhi Institute of Medical Sciences where doctors declared him dead at about 3.30 am. Doctors said that Naidu suffered multiple injuries.
The 55-year-old politician is survived by his wife, a son and a daughter.
Naidu was travelling with Srikakulam District TDP leaders Chowdary Babji and Kalisetty Appalanaidu. The two men were seriously injured and are being treated at the same hospital.
The last rites of the politburo member of TDP will take place on Friday afternoon at his native village Nimmada in Andhra Pradesh.
Born on Feb 23, 1957, Naidu began his political career in 1982 after joining N T Rama Rao's regional party Telugu Desam. In his career that lasted over three decades, Naidu was elected as member to the Lokh Sabha four times. He also served as a union minister in the 1990s.
TDP party chief N Chandrababu Naidu and other leaders conveyed condolences to his family.
Chandrababu left for Srikakulam to attend Naidu's funeral. "The party has lost a very good leader. No one can fill this void," Rediff quoted Naidu as saying.