All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (AIADMK) MLA R Kanagaraj on Thursday died after suffering a massive cardiac arrest. Kanagaraj, who represents AIADMK in Tamil Nadu's Sullur constituency assembly, passed away this morning after he suffered a heart attack. He was 64.  

For the first time in 2016, Mr Kanagaraj was elected from Sulur in Coimbatore district. He defeated Congress candidate Manoharan by a margin of over 35,000 votes. Kanagaraj was a farmer. Earlier he had been the president of Panchayat in Coimbatore district.

Kanagaraj began his political career with the AIADMK as its division secretary and then became the Sultanpet Panchayat Union secretary of the party. He is survived by wife Rathinam, son Shanmugasundaram and daughter Bhamavijaya.