UPDATED: April 17, 2021 22:26 IST
Popular Tamil actor Vivekh breathed his last at around 4.45 am today (April 17) at a private hospital in Chennai. According to wish, his mortal remains have been brought to his home in Virugambakkam in the city. He was 59 years old. The actor suffered a massive heart attack on April 16 and was rushed to the hospital. He was given first-aid and was later put on ECMO (Extracorporeal Membrane Oxygenation) support.
VIVEKH DIES AT 59
Dr Raju Sivasami, who treated Vivekh at the hospital, said that his health began to deteriorate at around 2 am on April 17. He further added that Vivekh suffered a massive heart attack on April 16, and it took more than 45 minutes to resuscitate him. Sivasami said that Vivekh succumbed to his condition.
This comes a day after Vivekh took the first dose of the Covid-19 vaccine at the Omandarur Government Hospital. He took the vaccine along with his friends at a government hospital so that he could set an example for the public. After getting the jab, he met the media and urged everyone eligible to get vaccinated soon.
Vivekh is survived by his wife Arulselvi and daughters Tejaswini and Amritha Nandini. His son Prasanna Kumar died at the age of 13 due to brain fever. More details about his funeral will be out soon.
Born as Vivekanandan on November 19, 1961, Vivekh was one of the prominent performers in the Tamil film industry.
Vivekh made his debut in Tamil cinema with K Balachander’s Manathil Urudhi Vendum in 1987. Over the years, he became one of the most sought-after comedians in Kollywood. His brand of comedy involved hilariously delivering social messages. He believed that this will help educate people. He was addressed as Chinna Kalaivanar.
From the 90s to the mid-2000s, Vivekh’s fame rose sky. He acted with top Tamil heroes including Rajinikanth, Vijay, Ajith, Suriya, Vikram and Dhanush, among others. It was his dream to act alongside Kamal Haasan. His dream fulfilled when he was signed for a role in Kamal Haasan’s Indian 2, directed by Shankar. It is unclear if he wrapped up his portions in the film.
In the latter half of his career, Vivekh realised his potential to shoulder a film. With films like Naan Than Bala and Vellai Pookal, he entertained the audience with his exceptional performance. He was last seen in Harish Kalyan’s Dharala Prabhu, which released in March 2020.
Vivekh was honoured with the prestigious Padma Shri in 2009 for his contribution to art. The Government of Tamil Nadu honoured him with the Kalaivar Award. He was the recipient of the Tamil Nadu State Film Award five times.
Some of his best films include Manathil Uruthi Vendum, Pudhu Pudhu Arthangal, Keladi Kanmani, , Kadhal Mannan, Vaali, Minnale, Dumm Dumm Dumm, Run, among others.
VIVEKH’S PHILANTHROPIC ACTIVITIES
Apart from films, Vivekh was also known for his philanthropic activities. He was an admirer of Swami Vivekananda and APJ Abdul Kalam. Based on Kalam’s advice, Vivekh took the mission of planting a billion trees in Tamil Nadu. He had planted 30 lakh trees so far.
Vivekh had also closely worked with the Government of Tamil Nadu in creating awareness regarding dengue.