Thamizhmani, who was affectionately called as Prasanna by his family members, was a yoga teacher by profession.
Thamizhmani, who had undergone Yoga training at a college in Bangalore, was reportedly teaching yoga to many persons at his yoga centre located on the first floor of Minister Sellur K Raju’s office.
Recently, Thamizhmani had moved to Chennai to start a yoga training class, said a person close to the Minister, adding, “We never expected that Thamizhmani, the minister’s only son, would leave us so early at a time when his father was planning to conduct his marriage.”
Thamizhmani was born with two sisters and both of them were married.
Sellur Raju, a staunch follower of late Chief Minister M G Ramachandran, started in the party as a grassroot worker. In 1996, he contested for the Mayor post. Though he lost the race, Raju became the opposition leader in the Madurai Corporation Council in 2001.
Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa honoured Raju with the ministerial post as he posed a tough challenge to KSK Rajendran during the by-election to the Madurai West Constituency during the previous DMK regime.
Though Raju lost the election, he again won from the same constituency and became a minister.