Kollywood woke up to a heartbreaking news this morning. Vivekh, one of the key actors of the film industry passed away today (April 17) at a private hospital in Chennai. As per the latest statement released by the hospital, the 59-year-old actor died following a heart attack.
Popularly called 'Chinna Kalaivanar', Vivekh was best known for his comic roles and dialogues that left an everlasting impression on the audience. Starting off as a mimicry artist, the actor was introduced to films by veteran director K Balachander. The star didn't take much time to garner the attention of a bigger audience after he had shared screen space with the superstars of Kollywood, most of the time as their friend.
Vivekh was honoured with Padma Shri in 2009 and Honorary Doctorate in 2015 for his contribution to Indian Cinema. His best work includes Vaali (1999), Alaipayuthey (2000), Kushi (2000), Priyamaanavale (2000), Badri (2001), Run (2002), Dhool (2003), Boys (2003), Anniyan (2005), Sivaji (2007) Kuruvi (2008) and Singam (2010) among many others.
Expressing sadness and mourning his untimely loss, Prime Minister Narendra Modi and several celebrities from the south film industry industry took to their social media handles to offer condolences to Vivek's loved ones.
The untimely demise of noted actor Vivek has left many saddened. His comic timing and intelligent dialogues entertained people. Both in his films and his life, his concern for the environment and society shone through. Condolences to his family, friends and admirers. Om Shanti.— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) April 17, 2021
நடிகனின் கடமை நடிப்பதோடு முடிந்தது என்று இருந்துவிடாமல் தனக்குச் செய்த சமூகத்துக்கு தானும் ஏதேனும் செய்ய விரும்பியவர், செய்தவர் நண்பர் விவேக். மேதகு கலாமின் இளவலாக, பசுமைக் காவலராக வலம் வந்த விவேக்கின் மரணம் தமிழ்ச் சமூகத்திற்கு ஏற்பட்ட பேரிழப்பு.— Kamal Haasan (@ikamalhaasan) April 17, 2021
Vivek sir 💔💔💔— Dhanush (@dhanushkraja) April 17, 2021
@Actor_Vivek can’t believe you’ve left us ..May you rest in peace ..you’ve entertained us for decades ..your legacy will stay with us🌹— A.R.Rahman #99Songs 😷 (@arrahman) April 17, 2021
You were a reason for many smiles and laughters sir. A great comedian, wonderful actor and a socially conscious citizen. Unbearable to think you are not there anymore. Will miss you as one of your fans. #RipVivek sir 💔🙏🙏 pic.twitter.com/d3kd9oHsqP— Vikram Prabhu (@iamVikramPrabhu) April 17, 2021
சின்ன கலைவாணர் விவேக் அன்னாரது ஆன்மா சாந்தி அடைய எல்லாம் வல்ல இறைவனை ப்ரார்த்திக்கிறேன்.. ஓம் சாந்தி..🙏🙏🙏— N.Nataraja Subramani (@natty_nataraj) April 17, 2021
Deeply saddened by the sudden demise of legendary comedian ,social worker and a good friend @Actor_Vivek sir ! Unable to accept it ! Sincere condolences to his family . May his soul rest in peace ! pic.twitter.com/8QzFSD1J4T— Rathnavelu ISC (@RathnaveluDop) April 17, 2021
Not able to believe this... He made us laugh, he educated us through his performances, he cared for this world and helped teach us how to take care of it.— Gautham Karthik (@Gautham_Karthik) April 17, 2021
There will never be another like you sir.
We will miss you.
Rest in peace @Actor_Vivek sir#ripvivek pic.twitter.com/3JXfRkn3T2
OMG..cant believe I woke up to this Shocking news abt Legendary @Actor_Vivek sir🙏🏻— DEVI SRI PRASAD (@ThisIsDSP) April 17, 2021
Greatest Comedian of our Times who always incorporated a Social Message into his COMEDY
I hav always been his diehard FAN
U wl live in our Hearts forever dear Sir🙏🏻💐#ripvivek pic.twitter.com/4ferfSsgDm
RIP @Actor_Vivek Sir. A big loss for film fraternity, one of the most admired & loved actor, comedian of our time.— Puneeth Rajkumar (@PuneethRajkumar) April 17, 2021
Heartfelt condolences pic.twitter.com/L78R3C9UqF— Mohanlal (@Mohanlal) April 17, 2021
RIP Vivek ! The one person who made us laugh his entire career, your loss is truly breaking our hearts. pic.twitter.com/g83lmA5O1a— Mammootty (@mammukka) April 17, 2021
RIP Vivek Sir ! 💔💔 something about watching you on screen always made one feel like we’ve known you forever. This is truly heartbreaking. pic.twitter.com/MQZQaBH6Og— dulquer salmaan (@dulQuer) April 17, 2021
Rest in peace Vivek sir! 🙏 Privileged to have worked with you. Prayers and condolences to family and friends. pic.twitter.com/SUXwToopSL— Prithviraj Sukumaran (@PrithviOfficial) April 17, 2021