Born in Kovilpatti in Tuticorin district in south Tamil Nadu, Vivek started his film career as an assistant director cum script writer with veteran director K Balachandar in the 1987. There was no looking back for his acting career since then, even though he took a few years to establish himself as a solo comedian. His career flourished since the late 90s and stayed steady for almost the next two decades.

Popular Tamil actor Vivek was admitted to the intensive care unit at a hospial in Chennai after he suffered a cardiac arrest on Friday morning. His condition was said to be critical.

He died in a Chennai hospital in the early hours of Saturday. He was 59. Vivek was admitted to SIMS Hospital in Vadapalani where he underwent an angioplasty and stenting procedure on Friday for a complete block in a critical blood vessel of the heart.

Veteran comedian Vivek passed away in Chennai at the age of 59 on Saturday morning. The actor, who has performed in more than 220 films, died following a cardiac arrest at 4.35am on Saturday. According to doctors, the actor had a 100% blockage in the LAD (left anterior descending artery) vessel which led to a massive cardiac arrest. On Friday, the hospital as well as Tamil Nadu Health Secretary J Radhakrishnan said at a press meet that the cause of the cardiac arrest was unlikely to be the COVID-19 vaccine that Vivek had taken on Thursday.

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