J K Ritheesh passes away

Actor-politician J K Ritheesh died today due to cardiac arrest. His last film is RJ Balaji starrer LKG which is to be premiered in television tomorrow for Tamil new year’s day.

Ritheesh is an actor and All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam Member. He was a Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK) Member of Parliament (MP) in the 15th Lok Sabha from Ramanathpuram constituency.

In the Indian general elections of 2009, Rithesh received 294,945 votes to defeat his closest rival, Satiyamoorthy of All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (AIADMK) party by a margin of 69,215 votes. On 10 April 2014, he joined AIADMK as a primary member.

Rithesh was born in Kandy, Sri Lanka in 1973 before migrating to Rameswaram in 1976, where he was brought up. His father was employed in the agricultural sector and his mother is a housewife. Rithesh has two elder sisters, Shanthi and Mani.

Rithesh married Jotheeswari in 2007 and has a son, Arik Roshan (born 2008). He completed Diploma in Civil Engineering at Mohamed Sathak Polytechnic College Kilakarai, Ramanathapuram district.

He was arrested in November 2011 in a land grabbing case. He was booked in charges of cheating a US citizen of Indian origin for promising him buying a land.