Popular Tamil actor Vivek has been admitted to the intensive care unit of a private hospital in Chennai after he suffered a heart attack on Friday morning. According to media reports, he is said to be in a critical condition. The 59-year-old has been admitted to the SIMS Hospital in Vadapalani, Chennai. According to sources, he had fainted at home and his wife and daughter rushed him to the hospital.
Vivek had made headlines on Thursday for his efforts to remove the fear of the COVID-19 vaccine among public. Instead of going to a private hospital, he chose to get vaccinated at a government hospital to spread awareness. He had received the first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine on Thursday. However, the hospital told an online portal that no relation have been established between the heart attack and the vaccine.
— Vivekh actor (@Actor_Vivek) April 15, 2021
Soon after the vaccination, the actor spoke to the media and had urged all those who are eligible to take the jab of the vaccine. Vivek had said, “The public safety measures to keep ourselves safe (from coronavirus) is wearing masks, washing hands and maintaining adequate physical distancing. The medical way to protect ourselves is this vaccine. You might be taking Siddha medicines, Ayurvedic medicines, Vitamin-C, Zinc tablets etc. This is all fine. But these are added measures. The vaccine is the only thing that can save your life. If you ask me if people who are vaccinated don’t get COVID-19, it is not like that. Even if COVID-19 hits you, there won’t be death.”
He had also thanked doctors and staff at Omandurar Hospital in Chennai where he received his vaccine dose. Vivel was last seen playing a role in Dharala Prabhu, the Tamil remake of the 2012 Hindi film Vicky Donor. Vivek is also part of Kamal Haasan’s Indian 2. Dharala Prabhu starring Harish Kalyan released the same week India went into nation-wide lockdown last March, and therefore did not have a good run at theatres.