Gowtham Reddy was a fitness enthusiast

Andhra Pradesh's minister for industries and information technology Mekapati Gowtham Reddy, who died of cardiac arrest here on Monday, was a fitness enthusiast and used to regularly do workouts in gym.

On Monday morning, he was preparing to leave for the gym when he collapsed at his residence in Jubilee Hills and was taken to Apollo Hospital but could not be revived. He was 49.

One of the servants at his house said he used to have coffee around 6 a.m. every day and leave for the gym at between 7 and 7.30 a.m. When the minister did not call the staff for coffee, one of them went upstairs to check and was shocked to find him collapsed on the sofa. "He was unresponsive and we all shifted him to 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 by 9 p.m. and like every day woke up around 6 a.m.

The employee said the minister used to go to gym regularly every morning and evening. His colleagues in the cabinet, leaders of YSR Congress Party (YSRCP), opposition Telugu Desam Party (TDP) recalled how he used to focus on physical fitness and advise others to pay attention to t