Famed Tamil actor and Comedian Vivek passed away on Saturday at a hospital in Chennai aged 59.
According to media reports, Actor Vivek, who has done over 200 films, died following a heart attack as he was admitted to an Intensive Care Unit (ICU) as his health deteriorated after taking a COVID-19 vaccine shot.
The sudden demise of the actor has left fellow stars, fans and friends in great shock.
He underwent an angioplasty and stenting procedure for a complete block in a critical blood vessel of the heart, reports said.
Vivek chose to receive the vaccine jab 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,” the 59-year-old actor had told the media after receiving the first COVID-19 jab.
However, after the news of his death broke out, popular singers and celebrities have expressed deep grief.