Popular Tamil actor Vadivel Balaji passed away due to heart attack at the Government hospital in Chennai on Thursday. The 45-year-old actor was known for his mimicry and imitating the body language of famous comedian Vadivelu.
As per the Time of India, Balaji is survived by his wife and a son and a daughter. The comedian was apparently paralysed following the heart attack and had been under treatment for the past 15 days.
Reportedly, the actor was shifted to a couple of other hospitals as the family was unable to manage the expenses and he was admitted to a Government hospital this morning where he breathed his last.
He first rose to fame through Vijay TV’s Kalaka Povadhu Yaaru and was a part of Vijay TV’s comedy team. He acted in a few movies too and the roles were similar to what Vadivelu would do in his movies.
Balaji has acted in films like Pandhayam, Sutta Pazham Sudatha Pazham, Kadhal Panchayathu, Karpanai, and Yaaruda Mahesh. Until a couple of weeks ago, he was shooting for Mr & Mrs Chinnathirai 2 and had apparently got eliminated as well from the show.
Several celebrities paid tributes to Vadivel Balaji on social media. Actors Dhanush, Prasanna and Aishwarya Rajessh, as well as many others, posted their condolences on Twitter.
Trade analyst Ramesh Bala tweeted that the actor had suffered a heart attack two weeks ago