Andhra Pradesh Industry and Information Technology Minister Mekapati Gowtham Reddy, who died of cardiac arrest here on Monday, was a fitness enthusiast and used to work out regularly in the gym.
He was preparing to leave for the gym on Monday morning when he collapsed at his Jubilee Hills residence and was taken to Apollo Hospital but could not be revived. He was 49 years old.
One of the servants in his household said he used to have coffee around 6 a.m. every day and leave for the gym between 7 and 7:30 a.m. When the minister did not didn’t call staff for coffee, one went upstairs to check and was shocked. only to find him collapsed on the couch.
“He was unresponsive and we all transferred him to the hospital,” the employee said.
Gowtham Reddy, who returned from Dubai at 4 a.m. on Sunday, spent the day at his residence and went out in the evening to attend an engagement. He was back home at 9 p.m. and like every day, he woke up around 6 a.m.
The employee said the minister used to go to the gym regularly morning and evening. His cabinet colleagues, leaders of opposition YSR Congress Party (YSRCP), Telugu Desam Party (TDP) recalled how he focused on physical fitness and advised others to pay attention to their health.
TDP leader and former minister Somireddy Chandramohan Reddy said he met Gowtham Reddy at an engagement last night.
“I met him at 8:30 last night and I can’t believe he wasn’t with us at 8:30 in the morning,” he said.
One of the minister’s aides said he had no health problems and there were no cases where he went to the hospital, even with a fever.
In April last year he tested positive for Covid-19 with mild symptoms but recovered at home.
Son of former MP Mekapati Rajmohan Reddy, Gowtham Reddy was educated in Hyderabad. He obtained a Masters in Textiles from the University of Manchester Institute of Science and Technology (UMIST), Manchester, UK in 1997. He was one of the directors of the family business KMC Constructions .
Gowtham followed in his father’s footsteps to enter politics and was elected to the Atmakur Constituency Assembly in his home district of Nellore in 2014 on the YSRCP ticket.
He retained the seat in 2019 and became Minister of Industries and Information Technology.
A highly educated and articulate leader, he was popular among the people and even among his political rivals for his affable and friendly nature.
Opposition party leaders recall that he was an uncontroversial person who never used harsh words even when criticizing his political rivals.
Gowtham Reddy is survived by his wife Srikirti Reddy, a businesswoman, daughter Sai Ananya Reddy and son Krishna Arjun.
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