By SM .16 Apr, 2021
CHENNAI: Tamil actor and comedian Vivekh was admitted to a Chennai hospital on Friday after he suffered a cardiac arrest. Vivekh has been put on ECMO support. The 59-year-old actor reportedly fainted after expressing discomfort and his family rushed him to the SIMS Hospital at Vadapalani. A senior doctor from the hospital said: "Actor Vivek is now on ECMO support. We are reviving his heart and lungs." On Thursday, Vivekh received a dose of the COVID-19 vaccine at a government hospital. However, the senior doctor from the hospital where the actor is currently being treated said that they "don"t suspect any connection to vaccination at this stage." The hospital is expected to issue a statement after obtaining his family"s consent.
According to reports, Vivekh complained of chest pain today morning and was rushed to a private hospital in Chennai. The doctors who treated him confirmed that it is a heart attack and are monitoring him.
On April 15, Vivekh and his friends visited the Omandurar government hospital in Chennai and took the first shot of the Covid-19 vaccine. After getting vaccinated, Vivekh met the media and explained why he chose a government hospital as opposed to a private hospital.
Speaking to the media, Vivekh said that government hospitals are accessible to most people. “Also, I want to make a point that getting the Covid-19 vaccine is safe. It doesn"t mean we will not get Covid-19 if we get vaccinated. We should still be careful once we take the vaccine. The vaccine assures that we do get affected severely," he added.
Vivekh also urged everyone to get vaccinated as soon as possible.
Apart from being an actor and a comedian, Vivekh is also a playback singer and an activist working in the Tamil film industry. He is known for his performances in films such Run (2002), Saamy (2003), and Perazhagan (2004).
Vivekh has featured in supporting roles in films such as Kaadhal Mannan, Unnai Thedi, Vaali, Kannedhirey Thondrinal, Poomagal Oorvalam, Aasaiyil Oru Kaditham, Alaipayuthey, Mugavaree, Dumm Dumm Dumm, and Paramasivan. He won the Filmfare Award for Best Comedian for his performance in the 2004 film Perazhagan.
The actor was last seen playing a role in Dharala Prabhu, which is a Tamil remake of the 2012 Hindi film Vicky Donor that starred Ayushmann Khurrana. Vivek will be seen next in Kamal Haasan"s Indian 2.
The actor also takes an active interest in tree sapling plantations to increase green cover in the state.