Veteran Telugu actress (mother of popular actor Rajeev Kanakala), Lakshmi Devi Kanakala, who has acted in handful of films and has also appeared in few television daily soaps, breathed her last at a private hospital in Hyderabad on Saturday morning (February 3, 2018) due to age-related ailments. At 78, she was suffering from a number of health issues. In her Madras days along with her husband Devdas Kanakala, she used to teach acting and none other than Konidela Siva Shankar Varaprasad was her student. Lakshmi Devi's daughter Sri Lakshmi Kanakala is a TV serial actor and son-in-law Peddi Ramarao is a theatre artiste. Lakshmi Devi is now an acting instructor at a Film Institute along with her hubby Devadas Kanakala.
Tragedy struck in the family of popular actor Rajeev Kanakala-anchor Suma. "She taught humility, she fed us during class and she generously taught her art to make me an artist".
The Tollywood film fraternity has been registering their heartfelt condolences on their social media pages to the bereaved members of the Kanakala family. Many Telugu movie celebrities visiting Rajeev Kanakala home to pay last respects to Lakshmi and express their condolences to their family.
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