Telugu music composer Chakri passed away on Monday morning after suffering a massive heart attack. He was 40.
According to reports, Chakri was suffering from obesity related ailments. He did not respond when his wife tried to wake him up at around 6.30 a.m. on Monday. Growing suspicious, she took him to Apollo Hospitals in Jubilee Hills, where doctors tried to revive him but were unsuccessful. He was pronounced dead at around 7.45 a.m.
Born in 1974 in Mahabubabad, Telangana, Chakri began his film career as a music director with Puri Jagannadh's "Bachi," which hit screens in 2000. Since then, he has composed songs for around 85 films.
His popular albums include "Amma Nanna O Tamila Ammayi," "Shivamani 9848022338," "Idiot," "Desamuduru," "Devadasu," "Maska" and "Simha" among others. He had last composed songs for the recently-released "Erra Bus," starring Vishnu Manchu and Dasari Narayana Rao. Some of the films for which he has composed the songs are yet to make it to the screens.
Chakri has won the state government's Nandi award for Balakrishna's "Simha" and has also received the Filmfare award for best male playback singer (Telugu) for "Satyam" (2003).
The composer is survived by wife Sravani and his children. The sudden death of Chakri has shocked the Tollywood industry and several members of the film fraternity have expressed shock over his death.
Varun Tej: "Just woke up to some bad news..Demise of music director Chakri Garu...you'll always live through your music..RIP."
Shraddha Das: "Omg just heard about chakri sirs demise..cannot believe it.. Such a young and sweet person.. V sad to hear this. May his soul rest in peace!"
BVS Ravi: "#Chakri miss you my friend.Too early.. Thanks for d moments we shared.d first film that I wrote #Satyam n d one I directed #Wanted #memories."
Vennela Kishore: "Shocked and Saddened by the news about the tragic demise of music director chakri garu..RIP"
Priya Mani: "Very sad to hear the demise of #chakri garu!!!had the opportunity to dance to his tunes in #Golimaar:( thoughts n prayers to his family."
Rahul Nambiar: "VERY VERY shocking news of music director #Chakri passing away... RIP"
Sanjjanaa Galrani: "Shocked with the news,rip #Chakri gaaru.. A friend and a super talented music dir,a non-replaceable personality he was,life is so fragile!"
Vimala Raman: "Very sad to hear the news about Chakri Sir, I was fortunate enough to dance to his beautiful tunes in #rangathedonga , a lovely soul RIP."