New Delhi: Former Andhra Pradesh Speaker Kodela Siva Prasada Rao on Monday allegedly committed suicide by hanging himself at his Banjara Hills residence in Hyderabad, claimed reports.

Soon after the incident, the 72-year-old leader was rushed to Basavatarakam Hospital where the doctors declared him as dead, stated a report by a leading daily.

Some reports also claimed that Rao was depressed by the cases registered against his family members by the YSR Congress Party. Although his family members were on bail in these cases, Rao was reported to be humiliated by YSRCP’s action which led him to take the extreme step.

Expressing shock over the suicide, Telangana’s first Chief Minister K Chandrashekhar Rao conveyed deep condolences to the family members of Kodela Siva Prasad.

Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister YS Jagan Mohan Reddy also expressed grief over the death of the former Speaker, Kodela Siva Prasada Rao and conveyed his condolences to the bereaved family members, stated news agency ANI on Monday.

The six-time legislator, Kodela, had served as a speaker of the Andhra Pradesh Assembly first time and notably after the bifurcation of the state.