Vidathu Karuppu child actor Lokesh Rajendran dies by suicide
Lokesh portrayed the role of Raasu
(Warning: This article has mentions of suicide)
Tamil television actor Lokesh Rajendran who shot to fame for his role as a child actor in TV serial Marmadesam, died by suicide on Tuesday. He was 34.
Lokesh portrayed the role of Raasu in Vidathu Karuppu which was telecast in 1996. The serial was one among the five installments of the mystery anthology Marmadesam.
As per an Indian Express report, Lokesh's father has claimed that his son has done more than 150 serials and 15 films. "A month ago, I came to know there was some misunderstanding between them (Lokesh and his wife). A legal notice for divorce came from his wife four days ago. He was depressed. I last saw him (Lokesh) Friday, he said he needed some money and I gave it to him. He had told us he would start work as an editor," the report quoted the late actor's father.
"On Monday, passers-by at the bus terminus noticed he was in discomfort. Some among them dialled 108 for an ambulance and also alerted the police. He was taken to the Government Kilpauk Medical College and Hospital. He passed away on Tuesday night," an official was quoted as saying. Police have also said that Lokesh also suffered alcohol addiction and often slept at Chennai Mofussil Bus Terminus.
The late actor is survived by his wife and two children.
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