Renowned actor and politician, Vijayakanth, who was admitted to the hospital a few days ago for a routine check-up and subsequently tested positive for COVID-19, has sadly passed away today at the age of 71. He was the President of Desiya Murpokku Dravida Kazhagam (DMDK).
This Tuesday, an official statement released by Vijayakanth’s political party, the Desiya Murpokku Dravida Kazhagam (DMDK), disclosed that the actor-politician had been admitted to the hospital for a routine health check-up. Subsequently, in the early hours of the morning, the announcement came that Vijayakanth had tested positive for COVID-19. Unfortunately, due to escalating breathing difficulties, he was placed on ventilator support. After a span of a few hours, the widely acclaimed star appears to have breathed his last. However, the hospital statement says he was admitted due to pneumonia.
A wave of sorrow has swept through the entertainment industry as news of Vijayakanth’s passing reverberates, prompting an outpouring of condolences from numerous actors and actresses on various social media platforms. The sudden demise of the beloved actor-politician has united the film fraternity in grief, with many expressing their heartfelt tributes and memories of working alongside him.
The Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu, MK Stalin, has declared that the final rites of the DMDK leader, Vijayakanth, will be conducted with complete state honors. Meanwhile, Prime Minister Narendra Modi extends his condolences on a X(formerly known as Twitter) post.
Extremely saddened by the passing away of Thiru Vijayakanth Ji. A legend of the Tamil film world, his charismatic performances captured the hearts of millions. As a political leader, he was deeply committed to public service, leaving a lasting impact on Tamil Nadu’s political… pic.twitter.com/di0ZUfUVWo
— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) December 28, 2023
Popularly known as “Captain” due to his portrayal of military roles on screen, he solidified his reputation as a versatile actor through a thriving cinematic career. Prior to entering the political arena, he showcased his talent in 154 movies.
Source: India Today