Chennai: Popular Tamil actor and comedian Vivekh passed away on Saturday in Chennai based hospital, hours after he was admitted amid a cardiac arrest. Vivekh fell unconscious at his home and was rushed to a hospital in Vadapalani, Chennai. The 59-year-old suffered a heart attack and he was resuscitated after 45 minutes. After performing angioplasty, he was put on ECMO. At around 2 am on Saturday, his health started deteriorating and he breathed his last two hours later.
Celebs around the Indian film industry took to Twitter to mourn the death of Padma Shri recipient on Saturday.
Superstar Rajinikanth, who worked with Vivekh in films such as "Sivaji: The Boss" and "Manathil Urudhi Vendum", tweeted: "Jr Kalaivanar, social activist, and my close friend, Vivek. His demise has caused me a lot of pain. I can never forget the time I shared with him during the making of Sivaji. My deep condolences to his family. Let his soul rest in peace."
Actor-filmmaker Kamal Haasan also shared a picture of himself with Vivekh and wrote in Tamil. His caption translates to: "An actor's duty does not end with acting, and it extends to giving back to the community that elevated him. My friend Vivekh lived up to this with his social service. As someone who lived up to Kalam's dream by adding greenery to the planet, his passing has left Tamil Nadu bereft."
Actor R Madhavan tweeted: "RIP @Actor_Vivek sir.Heart broken and stunned that you would embark on your heavenly journey so suddenly and early.The world is deprived of a truly good man who genuinely cared for everyone and everything in it. I will so miss your laughter, wisdom and care. The heavens are lucky."
Malayalam actor Mohanlal expressed "heartfelt condolences".
Bollywood actor Abhishek Bachchan tweeted condolences: "Huge admirer of his work and sheer genius. We've lost a legend today. My condolences to Vivek sir's family, friends and fans. #RIPVivekSir".
Singer Chinmayi Sripada, Shruti Haasan, Kasturi Shankar, Siddharth and Rakul Preet Singh were among others who mourned the loss.
Noted actor will be cremated in Chennai with full state honours, read a press release from the Tamil Nadu government. Condolences continue pouring on Twitter for the departed actor.