In an unexpected turn of events, leading Telugu PRO, producer and distributor, Mahesh Koneru has passed away and his demise has taken the entire South Indian film industry by shock. According to reports, Mahesh died due to a massive cardiac arrest, early this morning (October 12). Mahesh Koneru is the official PR of leading Telugu star Jr NTR and he was a dear friend to the star actor. Mahesh was also the official PRO of Rajamouli's blockbuster hit films, Baahubali 1 & 2. Jr NTR took to his official Twitter page to express his shock over Mahesh Koneru's death.

Jr NTR wrote, "With the heaviest of heart and in utter disbelief, I am letting you all know that my dearest friend @SMKoneru is no more. I am shell shocked and utterly speechless. My sincerest condolences to his family and his near and dear". Mahesh Koneru is one of the prominent producers in the Telugu industry who produced movies under the banner of East Coast Productions. He has bankrolled films like Nandamuri Kalyan Ram's 118 and Satyadev's Thimmarusu. Mahesh also produced the Keerthy Suresh starrer Miss India which had a direct OTT release on the Netflix platform.

Apart from being a producer, Mahesh Koneru has also been an active distributor in the film industry. Mahesh has distributed Thalapathy Vijay's last two blockbuster hit films - Bigil and Master in Andhra Pradesh and Telangana on a record number of screens. Mahesh also shared a good professional rapport with Vijay. This incident has taken everyone by deep shock and leading film personalities have extended their heartfelt condolences on social media. Mahesh's absence will definitely create a big void in the Telugu film industry and his death has made everyone emotional. Find below Jr NTR's emotional statement on the unexpected demise of producer and PRO Mahesh S Koneru here: