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Bengaluru: Congress leader and Karnataka co-operation and sugar minister H.S. Mahadev Prasad died of a heart attack at a private resort in Koppa in Chikkamagaluru district on Tuesday. He was 58.

The minister was found lying on a bed inside his hotel room. He landed Monday morning to attend an official function in Koppa. Local Congress leaders had to open his room using a spare key after their repeated attempts to reach the minister over phone and by knocking on the door failed. Prasad had undergone bypass surgery few years ago.

Prasad, who represented Gundlupete constituency in Chamarajanagar district, was considered close to chief minister Siddaramaiah. He was a minister in the Janata Dal (Secular)-Bharatiya Janata Party coalition government headed by H.D. Kumaraswamy during 2005-07, but later quit JD(S) like Siddharamaiah and joined the Congress.

“It is a huge personal loss to me and to the Congress party. He was an able administrator and a clean politician. I have lost a close friend and a wonderful colleague," Siddharamaiah told reporters.

PTI contributed to this story.

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