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. Also Read - Warrant issued to produce Sasikala in FERA violation case

Kanagaraj was at his residence reading newspaper when he passed away. Also Read - Cyclone Gaja: TN CM releases Rs 1,000 crore for relief, restoration work

Notably, the lawmaker is survived by his wife, a son and daughter. Sulur is part of Coimbatore district. Also Read - AIADMK attacks Rajini for remarks on protests against 'Sarkar'

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.