The Padma Shri awardee Tamil actor Vivek passed away on Saturday at SIMS hospital in Chennai. He was 59. Vivek was admitted to the intensive care unit of a private hospital in Chennai on Friday morning after he suffered a heart attack.

A R Rahman tweeted, “can’t believe you’ve left us ..May you rest in peace’ve entertained us for decades ..your legacy will stay with us.”

Radikaa Sarathkumar posted on Twitter, “Shocked beyond words @Actor_Vivek. So many wonderful memories and moments shared with you keep rushing into my head. My heart goes out to your family ,#RIp dear friend.”


Mohan Raja shared on Twitter, “Shocking n still unable to believe that this legend is no more. Memories of Working with him in Mkumaran will always be treasured. Deep condolences to the family.”


Vivekanandan (19 November 1961 – 17 April 2021), known by his stage name Vivek, was launched by legendary filmmaker K Balachander in the late 1980s. He went on to become one of the most sought-after comedy actors of Tamil cinema in the 1990s and retained a stronghold in the industry.

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Tamil actor Vivek was last seen in Dharala Prabhu, which was the Tamil remake of the Hindi film Vicky Donor. He was bestowed with the Padma Shri Award, India’s fourth-highest civilian award in the year 2009 by the union government.

Vivek is survived by his wife and two daughters.

According to the doctors, Vivek had complained to his family members about chest pain.

The doctors have also ruled out his current medical condition having any link with the Covid-19 vaccine shot that he took on Thursday.



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