Telugu actor Nikhil Siddharth's father, Shyam Siddhartha, who had been battling a rare disease, Cortico Basal Degeneration, for more than eight years, passed away at a private hospital in Hyderabad on Thursday. A devastated Nikhil expressed his sorrow at his beloved father's passing in a heartbreaking post, while also reminiscing his times and the priceless joyous memories they went on to create together as father and son, and as one happy family. He tweeted, "With a Heavy Heart, coming to terms with the fact that My father Shyam Siddhartha Passed away yesterday.  He was a Good Man who mentored and taught thousand of students, Guided many in their Careers and always did his best to keep people around him happy."

Sharing a photo of himself with his father, Nikhil in his heart-wrenching note informed, "An Avid Movie Buff who was a huge fan of the Greats NTR & ANR , his dream was to see me someday on the silver screen. His motivation and unwavering support have made me what I am today.  From a Boy he worked his way educating himself and working non stop to give us a good life. A state topper from JNTU Electronic Engineer, he only believed in Hard Work. But when his time came to Enjoy the fruit he was struck by a Rare Disease. CorticoBasal Degeneration... The last 8 years he has fought it, doing his best to stay for us, ably supported by my mother and Family. However yesterday he breathed his last. Hope you find peace wherever you are Daddy." 

An emotional Nikhil Siddharth further wrote about how he will miss the presence of his father in all his endeavors in the future. He stated, "We Love you and Miss you a Lot. Not a day will pass without us thinking about you. Our Cross road movie and Biryani Outings, Long drives to distant places, Summers in Mumbai... will miss them all. I want to say that I am always proud to be Your son. Hope we meet again daddy. Ur Nikki nanna."