He was taken to SIMS hospital in Vadapalani on Friday morning after he suffered a massive heart attack
Actor Vivekh who suffered a massive heart attack on Friday, died early Saturday morning (4-35 a.m.), according to hospital sources. He was 59.
He was taken to SIMS hospital in Vadapalani on Friday morning, after he collapsed at home. He was revived and was hooked up to an ECMO on Friday.
Dr. Raju Sivaswamy, Vice President, MEdical Services, SIMS, said, Vivekh had been put on ionotropic support, to help the heart beat.But from about 2 a.m. on Saturday, his health began to decline, and the blood pressure would not hold. ” Resuscitation itself, after he landed in the hospital, took about 45 minutes. There is a condition called reperfusion injury that might occur after this procedure, and causes damage to tissues, when the blood returns to the organ. He could not survive this injury,” he said.
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Condolences from celebrities
Rajinikanth: Deeply saddened by the demise of my close friend, ‘Chinna Kalaivanar’ and activist Vivekh. Can’t forget my association with him during the shooting of “Shivaji”. “My deepest condolences to his family. Let his atma attain peace!”, Mr. Rajinikanth tweeted.
AIADMK co-ordinator and deputy Chief Minister, O. Panneerselvam: I am saddened and shocked to know that my good friend, Vivekh, who was being treated for a heart attack, has passed away. Vivekh, whose comedy was filled with social awareness, also cared about protecting environment and planting trees. It is a great loss for Tamil society and the film industry.
Actor Madhavan: Heart broken and stunned that you would embark on your heavenly journey so suddenly and early.The world is deprived of a truly good man who genuinely cared for everyone and everything in it. I will so miss your laughter, wisdom and care. The heavens are lucky.
Lyricist Vairamuthu: “Should I say that Vivekh, my friend, who was known as ‘Chinna Kalaivanar, has died? Or should I say that laughter has died? Or should I say that an artiste who was also a social reformer through spread rationalism through comedy in his movies has died? I have lost a brother…Perhaps, death doesn’t like laughter and that’s why it has taken him too soon”.
Actor Sathyaraj expressed his condolence through a video message.
Vivekh made people laugh and think: T. Rajendar
Director T. Rajendhar during a condeolence message said actor Vivekh was someone who could made people laugh and think: “Though he hasn’t directly worked in my film, he has worked my son, Silambarasan and I have also interacted with him ever since he started working with late filmmaker K. Balachandar in movies. Everybody knows him as an actor, but he was also a musician. He used to speak about the music in my film appreciatively. After N.S. Krishnan, actor Vivekh was someone who could make people laugh and think,” he said.
A.R. Rahman: “Can’t believe you’ve left us ..May you rest in peace ..you’ve entertained us for decades ..your legacy will stay with us”.
Actor Soori: Vivekh spoke about social awareness in his films. He was not just a comedian but a real hero. “Even the trees that he planted today would be crying along with those who he entertained.”
VCK founder Thol. Thirumavalavan: “I am saddened to hear that actor Vivekh has passed away. His death has unfortunately raised several questions. There is fear among the public that he has died after taking the Covid-19 vaccine. The State Government must clarify.”