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Vivekh, Tamil Actor and Tree Planter Evangelist, Dies at 59 | India News

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CHENNAI: Famous Tamil actor Vivekh, known for his sharp wit and social work, passed away at the city’s SIMS Hospital on Saturday morning. The 59-year-old man was admitted to hospital on Friday after suffering massive cardiac arrest.
Dozens of fans said goodbye with tears in their eyes when his body was cremated with the 24-shot salute of the state police. The Tamil Nadu government said the honor was in recognition of his contribution to the world of cinema and his social service. The actor is survived by his wife and two daughters. Vivekh’s teenage son had been dead for years.
The award-winning Padma Shri has acted in over 200 films alongside most of Kollywood’s top stars, including Rajinikanth. He has won state awards for best comedian for such films as “Run,” “Anniyan” and “Sivaji.” The actor has been a lifelong activist for planting trees through the ‘green Kalam movement’ and has been the state’s ambassador for popularizing public health messages, including dengue prevention. PM and many other dignitaries mourned his passing.
On Friday, his wife and daughter took him to the emergency room in an unconscious state around 11 a.m. after he complained of being unwell. He underwent an angioplasty and stenting procedure and was placed on ECMO support in the ICU.
“He passed away at 4.35am on Saturday,” said the hospital’s vice president, Dr. Raju Sivasamy. The actor had received a Covaxin injection at the Tamil Nadu Government Super Specialty Hospital on Thursday.
Vivekh had told reporters that he had gone to a government hospital to encourage people to get vaccinated. On the same day, for the first time, the number of doses administered by the state crossed the 2 lakh mark.
While a post-immunization adverse events (AEFI) committee made up of doctors and scientists will conduct a detailed investigation into the cause of death and its possible links to the vaccine, the hospital said preliminary reports show that the attack It was not related to vaccination, but to acute coronary disease. syndrome with a cardiogenic shock.
Hundreds of people visited his home to pay their respects.

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