New Delhi: All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (AIADMK) lawmaker R. Kanagaraj, aged 64, died of a heart attack on Thursday morning. He was representing the Sulur Assembly constituency in Tamil Nadu.

Kanagaraj was at his residence reading newspaper when he passed away.

Notably, the lawmaker is survived by his wife, a son and daughter. Sulur is part of Coimbatore district.

With Kanagaraj’s death, the number of vacant Assembly seats in Tamil Nadu goes up to 22 and the number of AIADMK legislators in the assembly comes down to 114 including the Speaker.

The Election Commission has announced by-elections for 18 Assembly constituencies on April 18 along with the Lok Sabha polls.