"The President, Office Bearers and the Members of the Managing Committee of the Karnataka State Cricket Association, deeply regret the sad and sudden demise of former Test Umpire Sri SN Hanumantha Rao. May his soul rest in peace," a media release from KSCA said.
"He passed away early morning, on Monday, the 29th July 2013 at Apollo Hospital. He is survived by his wife and 2 sons and daughter," the release added.
Hanumantha Rao officiated in nine Test matches against, West Indies, Pakistan and England from 1978 to 1983 and two ODIs, against England and Sri Lanka and he has also officiated 16 first class matches. He was also a BCCI Match Referee.
His first Test as an umpire was in Mumbai, between India and West Indies, from December 1 to 6, 1978. His final Test assignment was also an India-West Indies contest, in Ahmedabad (November 12 to 16, 1983).