Dileep, who has acted in many Tamil and Kannada films in the 1970-1980's passed away in the wee hours of the morning in Mysore on Friday. The 52-year-old actor was suffering from kidney ailment since the past few years and died of a heart attack. Dileep is survived by wife Hema, daughter Bhavya and son Maurya.
Dileep, who has acted in more than 70 Tamil films and 15 Kannada films is remembered for his wonderful performance with Kamal Haasan in Varumaiyiun Niram Sivappu and Thoongathae Thambi Thongathae. The actor also shared screen space with superstar Rajnikanth in Mappillai and Valli. His other films include Penmani Aval Kanmani and Samsaram Adhu Minsaram among others.
The few well-known Kannada films that Dileep has acted include: Indina Ramayana, Ondagi Baalu, Arishina Kumkuma, Ondu Cinema Kathe, Thooguve Krishnana, Onde Goodina Hakki and Shruti.
Dileep, who lost huge amount of money after investing in business ventures, was known to be a very loving and affectionate person. The actor came to Mysore in the year 2004 from Chennai and settled there.
Oneindia offers condolences to his family and close friends.