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Vivek (1961-2021): AR Rahman remembers the actor, calls him ‘a selfless jewel of India’

After actor Vivek's death on Saturday, AR Rahman, Radikaa Sarathkumar, Mohan Raja and Gautham Karthik among others expressed disbelief.

Written by Arushi Jain , A. Kameshwari | New Delhi |
Updated: April 18, 2021 8:25:23 am
vivek deathActor Vivek passed away in Chennai. (Photo: Sreedhar Pillai/Twitter)

The sudden demise of Tamil actor Vivek has left his fans, friends and colleagues shocked. He passed away on Saturday after suffering a cardiac arrest. The actor was hospitalised on Friday after a cardiac arrest. While there were reports of his health deteriorating after taking a jab of the coronavirus vaccine, the Tamil Nadu Health Department refuted the rumours in a press meet.

The private hospital in Chennai, where Vivek, 59, was being treated, said he suffered “an acute coronary syndrome with cardiogenic shock. This is a separate cardiac event. It may not be due to Covid vaccination”.
On Friday, the actor underwent “emergency coronary angiogram followed by angioplasty”, a medical bulletin said. But his condition stayed critical through the day.

The 59-year-old actor made headlines on Thursday for promoting the importance of vaccination to fight the coronavirus. He chose to get vaccinated at a government hospital to spread awareness instead of going to a private hospital.

“The government hospitals provide healthcare services to the majority of poor people. Many have doubts about vaccination and its side effects. There are also several rumours doing the rounds. I want to put an end to all the rumours. I want to show people that there is no danger in getting vaccinated. On the contrary, it will protect us. And it is not like this vaccination will completely prevent us from getting Covid-19 infection. After the vaccination, even if we catch the virus, there won’t be death. So after vaccination, we should still follow the safety guidelines,” Vivek told the media after receiving his first jab of Covid-19 vaccination on Friday.

After his death, AR Rahman, Radikaa Sarathkumar, Mohan Raja and Gautham Karthik among others expressed disbelief. Gautham 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 @Actor_Vivek sir #ripvivek.”

The actor is survived by his wife and two daughters. His son passed away a few years ago after suffering from dengue.

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Celebrities took to various social media platforms to express their condolences.

21:35 (IST)17 Apr 2021
Ramya Krishnan is 'deeply saddened'
21:22 (IST)17 Apr 2021
'An effortless actor'
21:05 (IST)17 Apr 2021
Prakash Raj on Vivek
20:46 (IST)17 Apr 2021
'Lost the most precious jewel of India': AR Rahman

On Saturday evening, AR Rahman tweeted, "We have lost a Selfless,most precious jewel of India ...a  #climate champion for #ClimateAction who was in the process of planting 10million trees."

20:20 (IST)17 Apr 2021
Actor Prabhu shares heartfelt condolences for Vivek, watch video
20:06 (IST)17 Apr 2021
Sai Dharam Tej pays tribute to Vivek

Sai Dharam Tej is shocked and saddened to know about Vivek's passing away.

19:40 (IST)17 Apr 2021
Silambarasan TR condoles Vivek's death
19:22 (IST)17 Apr 2021
Vivek cremated with state honours
19:00 (IST)17 Apr 2021
Kajal Aggarwal mourns Vivek's death

Kajal Aggarwal via Twitter shared, "Deeply saddened by the sudden demise, Heartfelt condolences to Vivek sir’s family." 

18:40 (IST)17 Apr 2021
Raja Yuvan on Vivek's death

Raja Yuvan tweeted, "A truly successful person is some one who has made a positive impact in people’s lives, Vivek sir is one of a kind person, he did not only make people laugh with his comedy but also made people think with his wisdom. It is a great loss for us." 

18:20 (IST)17 Apr 2021
Samantha Akkineni: 'Vivek sir's passing feels like a personal loss'

"My heart feels heavy as I write this. Vivek sir's passing feels like a personal loss. He was an actor, comedian, environmentalist and a great human being. My deep condolences to vivek sir's family. You will forever be a part of us. May your soul rest in peace," Samantha Akkineni shared on Instagram.

18:02 (IST)17 Apr 2021
Vadivelu on Vivek
17:40 (IST)17 Apr 2021
Fans gather to pay last respects to Vivek
17:20 (IST)17 Apr 2021
'You will be dearly missed'
17:00 (IST)17 Apr 2021
Rakul Preet on Vivek

Actor Rakul Preet tweeted, "Shocked and saddened by the passing away of veteran actor #Vivek sir! My deepest condolences to his family and loved ones! May his soul rest in peace."

16:40 (IST)17 Apr 2021
'One of those times when it's hard to cope with reality'
16:24 (IST)17 Apr 2021
'He use to take our stress out with his jokes': Music composer Thaman

Music composer S Thaman paid his tribute to Vivek via Twitter. He wrote, "Gem of a Person Gave So Much Confidence & Knowledge He Use to Take Our Stress Out With his jokes .Never felt like We Wr acting With a Senior and Most Experienced Actor In film ( boys ). WE MISS U MANGALAM SIR. Goon too soon."

16:03 (IST)17 Apr 2021
Arya is 'heart-broken and shattered'

Arya via Twitter expressed that he is "Heart broken and shattered" to know about the passing away of actor Vivek. "Great loss to the industry and to the society. Such a gem of person. So much he wanted to do for the society. Will miss you sir. Love u sir always," he tweeted.

15:40 (IST)17 Apr 2021
Shankar Shanmugham remembers Vivek: His contribution to society is immeasurable

Filmmaker Shankar Shanmugham tweeted, "Today we lost an amazing actor, wonderful human being and lover of nature: Padma Shri Vivek. His contributions to my films, Tamil Film Industry and to society is immeasurable, so is this loss. May his soul Rest In Peace. My heartfelt condolences to his family, friends and fans."

15:27 (IST)17 Apr 2021
'A great void shall be seen in the creative world today'

"So saddened by the untimely demise of @Actor_Vivek :( my deepest condolences to his loved ones and friends who shall miss him terribly! A great void shall be seen in the creative world today," Shruti Haasan mentioned via Twitter.

Vivek was among the most sought after comedy actors of Tamil cinema since the 1990s. He made a mark as a comedian with social responsibility. It was legendary filmmaker K Balachander who launched him in the film industry in the late 1980s. He received the Padma Shri award by the Government of India in April 2009.

The actor was last seen in Dharala Prabhu, which was the Tamil remake of the Hindi film Vicky Donor. His last onscreen appearance will be in director Shankar’s upcoming film Indian 2, which stars Kamal Haasan in the lead role.

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