Tamil Actor Vivek, 59, Passes Away in Chennai Following Cardiac Arrest

Tamil actor and comedian Vivek passed away in Chennai at 59 due to a cardiac arrest. He was admitted to the hospital on Friday after he faced a heart attack. Vivek also took the Covid-19 vaccine on Thursday.

The hospital clarified that he suffered an acute coronary syndrome with cardiogenic shock. There was 100 per cent blockage in a vessel and his cardiac arrest may not be due to the vaccination.

Tamil actor Vivek hospitalised in Chennai after heart attack, condition  said to be critical

“Vivek was one of those who voluntarily came forward to create awareness on public health and social issues. The cardiac arrest he suffered had no link with the Covid vaccine shot that he took,” Tamil Nadu Health Secretary Dr Radhakrishnan said.

He was known for his performances in films like Sivaji, Kushi, Minnale, Alaipayuthey, Mugavaree, Dum Dum Dum, Anniyan etc. Vivek was last seen in the film ‘Dharala Prabhu’ that was directed by Krishna Marimuthu and was a remake of Vicky Donor that starred Ayushmann Khurrana.

Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami expressed his concern and said that “it is an irreparable loss to the Tamil film industry”.

“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,” PM Modi tweeted.

A R Rahman tweeted, “can’t believe you’ve left us ..May you rest in peace ..you’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.”


“OMG..cant believe I woke up to this Shocking news about Legendary @Actor_Vivek sir. Heartbreaking..Greatest Comedian of our Times who always incorporated a Social Message into his COMEDY. I have always been his diehard FAN. U wl live in our Hearts forever dear Sir Folded hands Bouquet #ripvivek,” Devi Sri Prasad said via Twitter.


Gautham Kartik tweeted, “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. There will never be another like you sir. We will miss you. Rest in peace”.