Senior Kollywood producer K Ragunathan passed away at his Chennai residence today. The 79 year old veteran died due to age-related illness. Ragunathan had made several movies under his banner RR Films and he holds the credit of giving Kamal Haasan his first role as a hero in Pattampoochi released in 1975, though Kamal had acted as a child artiste before that. The film had Jayachithra as the heroine and Nagesh and VKR in the supporting cast. The funeral of Ragunathan will take place today. Many from Kollywood fraternity have condoled the thespian's death.