Tamil comedy superstar Vadivelu's younger brother Jagatheeshwaran has passed away. He was 52. According to reports, Jagatheeshwaran, who was running a textile business, had been undergoing treatment for liver-related ailments over the last few months and breathed his last in the early hours of Monday, August 28, at Viraganur near Madurai. It is being reported that actor Vadivelu is en route to Madurai to attend his brother's last rites rituals. Jagatheeshwaran made a few appearances in Tamil films over the years most notably in Silambarasan TR's debut, Kadhal Azhivathillai (2002).
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Earlier this year, Vadivelu's mother Sarojini, lovingly called Paapa, also passed away due to health issues at the age of 87 in January. The news of the actor's brother's passing has left the family in a state of sorrow, with condolence messages pouring in from fans on social media. Jagatheeshwaran was one of the three brothers and the family also comprised two sisters, with Vadivelu being the eldest.
On the work front, Vadivelu, fondly called 'Vaigai Puyal' by his ardent fans, delivered a knockout performance in Maamannan playing Udhayanidhi Stalin's father. Produced under the Red Giant Movies banner, the political drama film directed by acclaimed filmmaker Mari Selvaraj turned out to be a smash success at the box office and also starred Fahadh Faasil and Keerthy Suresh featuring chart-topping hit music composed by Academy Award winner A. R. Rahman. Vadivelu's next big role is in Chandramukhi 2, which has actor-filmmaker Raghava Lawrence and four-time National Award-winning actress Kangana Ranaut in the lead roles. Produced by Lyca Productions, the upcoming comedy horror film scheduled to release on September 15 is iconic director P. Vasu's Tamil cinema comeback after five years and has music composed by Oscar winner M. M. Keeravani.