"His family members tell us that he was feeling lonely and was under some kind of depression after his wife passed away a few years ago. We found a word 'destiny' written in his kitchen. We are investigating the matter," a police official said.
His maid came home in evening. However, as the door was closed sensing trouble, she called neighbours and his daughter who broke open the front door, police said.
Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Chndrababu Naidu expressed his grief over the actor's demise.
My deepest condolences over the passing of versatile Telugu actor Ranganath. May his soul rest in peace.— N Chandrababu Naidu (@ncbn) December 19, 2015
Born in Chennai, Ranganath acted in over 300 movies and many television serials. Many remember the actor for his sensitive portrayals in hit films such as Panthulamma, Thayaramma Bangarayya among others. Before entering into the world of cinema in 1969, Ranganath used to work with the Indian Railways.
The actor is survived by a son and two daughters.