Tamil film actor Vivek died at the early hours today (April 17) at a hospital in Chennai, India. He was 59.
Bernama reported Vivek was taken to a hospital on Friday morning after reportedly suffering a cardiac arrest.
The Times Of India reported that Vivek underwent “an angioplasty and stenting procedure on Friday for a complete block in a critical blood vessel of the heart”.
He was then put on support at the intensive care unit. He passed away at 4.35am, Saturday.
According to earlier reports, Vivek had taken a Covid-19 vaccine on Thursday (April 15) and complained of chest pain on Friday morning.
However, the Indian media stated that the sudden attack was due to an acute coronary syndrome with a cardiogenic shock.
It was not related to the Covid-19 vaccine he had taken on Thursday. Tests showed Vivek did not have Covid-19.
Times Of India also mentioned that the actor, declared as an ambassador for creating public health messages, had urged others to take the vaccine when he went to get his at a government hospital.
Known for his comedic talents, Vivek got his big break in director Balachandar’s 1987 film Manathil Urudhi Vendum, followed by Phuthu Puthu Arthangal.
Vivek had also appeared in a string of other films like Run, Perashagan, Dhool, Anniyan and Sivaji.
Since he included social reforms in his dialogue, he earned the nickname “Chinna Kalaivanar”.
Vivek is survived by his wife and two daughters.
Artistes in India have taken to social media to convey their condolence since the news broke.
A.R. Rahman tweeted: "can’t believe you’ve left us... May you rest in peace.. you’ve entertained us for decades.. your legacy with stay with us.”
Not able to believe this... He made us laugh, he educated us through his performances, he cared for this world and helped teach us how to take care of it.
There will never be another like you sir.
We will miss you.April 17,2021