45-year old D Shankaran, hailed as a great motivator by thousands of students who underwent coaching under his academy, ended his life by hanging in his house late Thursday night, a police official said.
"He seems to have had family issues," the official said.
Shankaran, survived by wife and two daughters, had set up the academy after his own failure to qualify in the exam and made it a successful venture helping many to enter the coveted civil services.
"We deeply regret to inform the sad demise of our pillar of strength Shankar Sir. He was more than a teacher, he was the institution himself...He will continue to live in all of us," Shankar IAS Academy said on its portal.
Condoling the death, DMK chief M K Stalin said it was shocking and a huge loss to civil service aspirants from rural areas.
Shankaran mentored his sister who qualified and it was his first victory and the "rest of his meteoric rise is history", he said.
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