Popular Tamil actor, comedian Vivek passed away at 4.35 am this morning after suffering from cardiac arrest. He is survived by his wife Arulselvi and two daughters. Padma Shri recipient, actor Vivek has worked with megastars Rajinikanth, Vijay, Ajith Kumar, Vikram and Suriya. Vivek has acted in films like Run, Sami, Perzagan, Annaruge Naan Irundhal, Parthiban Kanavu, Annian and Shivaji to name a few.
Celebrities including AR Rahman, Samantha, Genelia Deshmukh and several others paid last respects to Vivekh on social media.
Rajinikanth tweeted "I am deeply saddened by the demise of Chinna Kalaivanar, social activist and my dear friend Vivek. I can never forget the days I spent with him during the shooting of 'Sivaji'. My heartfelt condolences to his bereaved family and pray for his soul to rest in peace".
AR Rahman wrote, "@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 (sic)."
"What a great loss . Shocked and saddened .. #RIPVivekSir" wrote Samantha Akkineni.
"Really disheartening to hear about Vivek garu’s demise. A phenomenal artist gone too soon! My condolences to his family and friends.. Rest in peace sir!@Actor_Vivek" Varun Tej Tweeted.
Director Atlee wrote, "Miss u sir can’t take this sir. It’s a greatest loss to us. Words can never explain what the real feel is @Actor_Vivek sir, Love u sir it’s really hard to digest , plz rest in peace sir"
Genelia tweeted, "Deares Vivek Sir, I met you when I did my first Tamil film and you were the most gracious person I have ever met.. Thank You all the warmth and support you have always given so many actors like me, i will treasure my experience always #RIPVivekSir"