On 12 January 1967, Radha visited the actor and politician M. G. Ramachandran at his home to talk about a future project. During the conversation, Radha suddenly got up from his chair and shot twice at Ramachandran’s left ear. Both bullets got lodged in Ramachandran’s neck. Radha then turned the gun on himself and tried to shoot himself, but the bullet just scratched his right temple. Radha and Ramachandran were admitted in a Hospital at Chennai where they survived after proper treatment. The only eye witness for the shooting event was producer Vasu. In the assassination trial the verdict was delivered and as majority of the evidences were against Radha, he was sentenced to a seven year term. At the High Court hearing, considering his age, the sentence was reduced to three and a half years. After being released from jail, Radha died of jaundice. His popularity had improved and his funeral procession was one of the largest in South India, as over 200,000 mourners paid respect.