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Tamil actor Vivek suffers massive heart attack, passes away
Vivek was in a critical condition till Friday evening
Prominent Tamil film star Vivek dies at Private hospital in Chennai following a heart attack.
He was a Padma Shri awardee, who has performed in more than 220 films and died following a cardiac arrest at 4.45am in a Chennai hospital 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.
Vivek was in a critical condition till Friday evening and was on Extracorporeal Membrane Oxygenation (ECMO) support, said a private hospital where he was admitted on Friday morning after showing ‘acute coronary syndrome with cardiogenic shock’.
In a statement, the SIMS Hospital had said that Vivek was brought to the emergency ward of the hospital in an unconscious state at about 11am by his family members. Vivek was resuscitated in the emergency room by specialists. Later, he underwent an emergency coronary angiogram followed by an angioplasty.
A cardiogenic shock is a condition where the heart is not able to pump sufficient blood that the body needs, which occurs due to a severe heart attack.
According to the doctors, Vivek had complained to his family members about chest pain. The doctors had also ruled out any link with the Covid-19 vaccine shot that he took on Thursday.
Also known as ‘Chinna Kalaivaanar’, Vivek received several awards for his performances. In 2009, the actor was conferred with the Padma Shri.