Popular comedian and Padmasri awardee Vivek passed away in Chennai at the age of 59. Vivek acted in more than 500 films, died following a cardiac arrest at 4.35am on Saturday. Earlier Vivek was admitted to the intensive care unit of the hospital on Friday morning after he suffered a sudden cardiac arrest. On Friday, SIMS hospital said in a statement that actor Vivek was brought to the hospital in an unconscious state. He underwent emergency coronary angiogram followed by angioplasty yesterday. He was in a critical condition on extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO) in the intensive care.
Vivek was in the news on Thursday for his efforts to remove the fear of vaccination among the public. Instead of going to a private hospital, he chose to get vaccinated at a government hospital to spread awareness.
He told media persons after taking the first jab of the COVID-19 vaccine, “The government hospitals provide healthcare services to the majority of poor people. Many have doubts about vaccination and its side effects. There are also several rumours doing the rounds. I want to put an end to all the rumours. I want to show people that there is no danger in getting vaccinated.”
Vivek was introduced to tamil cinema by the great director K.Balachander. Vivek had worked in Telugu and Kannada movies also. In recognition of his service to the film industry, the central government honoured him with “Padma Shri award”. Vivek has even won filmfare and several state awards. Recently, the actor had lost his 13 year old son who had brain fever. He had a huge number of fan following in Tamil Nadu.