Telugu actor AVS aka Aamanchi Venkata Subrahmanyam (Wikimedia Commons/Batha Sundeep)
Telugu actor AVS aka Aamanchi Venkata Subrahmanyam (Wikimedia Commons/Batha Sundeep)Wikimedia Commons

Veteran Telugu actor AVS (aka Aamanchi Venkata Subrahmanyam) passed away at his residence in Hyderabad on Friday evening. He was 56.

AVS, who had been diagnosed with liver related problems a few years ago, underwent a transplant in April 2008. However, he contracted a liver infection recently and was admitted to a super specialty hospital. He was in the hospital for 10 days, but was discharged after doctors declared that the illness could not be cured. He was brought home on Friday evening and soon after passed away.

Born in 1957 at Tenali town, Guntur District (AP), AVS made his acting debut in the 1993-release "Mr Pellam." The actor won accolades for his performance in the film and was even honoured with the prestigous Nandi award. Since then, AVS worked in several Telugu films and entertained the audience with his humour. In a career spanning 19 years, the actor has worked in more than 500 films.

The multi-talented personality has undertaken various roles such as being an actor, scriptwriter, director and a producer. He was last seen in the Shriya Saran starrer "Pavitra", which released this year.

AVS is survived by his son and daughter.

His death has left the Telugu film fraternity in shock. Some of the celebrities took to Twitter to offer their condolences.

Actor Siddharth: "Telugu actor AVS garu is no more. Sweet man. He used to speak very passionately about cinema. Gone too soon. RIP sir."

Actor Manchu Manoj: "Sad to know about AVS Garu :( may god give strength to his family... Rip AVS Garu .."

Director Rajamouli: "Saw the news about AVS garu...Sad...RIP.."

Veteran actor Mohan Babu: "Lost a good human being and wonderful actor Sri AVS. Shocking news. Praying god to give strength for his family."

Actress Samantha Ruth Prabhu: "RIP AVS Garu... Strength to the family."

Actress Lakshmi Manchu: "HeartbreAking news of AVS garu's passing. May his soul rest in peace.much strength to his family."

Actor Navdeep: "Another loss to tfi :( AVS garu! Rip !!"

Actor Ram Pothineni: "#RIP AVSGaru..thank you for all these years..strength to the family. ."

Actor Varun Sandesh: "Very saddened to hear bout the death of AVS garu. Was a grt comedian n a grt guy. May his soul R.I.P.. Deepest condolences to his family.."

Actor Nani: "RIP AVS gaaru .. Sad"

Producer Ganesh Bandla: "My co actor my family friend Avs garu no more RIP:-("