Veteran actor Odia Raymohan Parida was found dead at his residence on Friday 24 June. The actor known for his negative roles in Odia films and Bengali films was also a stage performer. At the time of his death he was 58 years old. Also read| Malayalam singer Edawa Bashir collapses on stage during live performance and dies
Raimohan’s body was found by his family in his room in the Prachi Vihar district of Bhubaneswar on Friday morning. He left behind a wife and two daughters.
According to the PTI report, his death appears to have been a suicide. However, the police launched an investigation into this matter. The police officer said the body would be sent for an autopsy.
In the meantime, friends and actors were visiting his residence to pay their respects. His neighbors said they met him the day before he died and found him in a normal state, noting that he had a good relationship with everyone.
Actor Siddhanta Mahapatra, who worked with Raimohan in several films, remembered him as a “jolly” person. He said: “It’s hard to believe that such a fun person who has experienced several ups and downs in life could think of doing something like this. He was very successful in the profession.” Actor Sritam Das said it was unbelievable that Raimohan, who became a “hero from scratch”, could have committed suicide.
During his career, Raimohan has acted in over 100 Odia films and 15 Bengali films and has also been a popular figure in the Odia Jatra (local theater) world. He was part of several super hits such as Rama Laxman, Aasibu Kebe Saji Mo Rani, Naga Panchami, Udandi Sita, Tu Tile Mo Dara Kahaku, Rana Bhumi, Singha Bahini, Kulanandan and Kandhei Aakhire Luha. He was the recipient of the Odisha State Film Award and the Abhinandia Puraskar Award.