Industry sources claim that Ramesh Valiyasala, a hugely popular Malayalam television star, was mysteriously found dead on Saturday.
The police found him hanging from his home near here. They have opened an investigation and registered a case for unnatural death.
Ramesh returned two days ago from shooting at a location for his new project.
He was a popular TV serial actor and actor in the state. He has also appeared in movies.
Ramesh, along with his college friends, took to the stage as a drama student and has been an actor for 22 years.