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Vasan Eye Care founder Dr AM Arun, 51, dies in Chennai

The cause of death is still unclear. A case of suspicious death has been registered by the city police. 

By: Express Web Desk | Chennai | Updated: November 17, 2020 12:59:15 pm
Starting his career by taking over a small medical shop in Tiruchirappalli, Arun earned a reputation of over 60 years and went on to build a network of eye care hospitals in multiple locations.

Dr AM Arun, the founder of Tamil Nadu-based Vasan Eye Care, passed away in Chennai on Monday.  He was 51. The cause of his death is still unclear.

According to reports. Arun suffered a massive cardiac arrest Monday morning and was rushed to a private hospital in Chennai where he was pronounced dead. A few media reports have suggested that Arun died by suicide. According to PTI, the police, citing preliminary inputs, said it appeared to be a natural death .

A case of suspicious death has been registered by the city police. The body was sent to the Omandurar Multi-Specialty Hospital for the postmortem examination.

“He (Dr Arun) was found motionless in his home and was rushed to a hospital. We understand from the inputs that his death was not by suicide,” a senior police official told PTI.

Starting his career by taking over his family’s small medical shop in Tiruchirappalli, Arun went on to build a network of eye care hospitals in multiple locations in a span of 60 years.

The healthcare group, which includes Vasan Healthcare Private Limited and Vasan Medical Centre (India) Private Limited, had faced searches by the income tax department, and an appeal connected to the proceedings was also filed in the Madras High Court.

Congress Lok Sabha MP from Tamil Nadu’s Sivaganga, Karti P Chidambaram said he is “saddened by the untimely passing away” of Arun. “He was a pioneer who envisioned & built a great company which attracted big PE @Sequoia_India @sequoia @Temasek, unfortunately, was hounded by agencies for collateral purposes. RIP,” he tweeted.

(With PTI Inputs)

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