Tele-serial actor Vijayaraj died of a heart attack in his native village on Saturday night. The 43-year-old actor was with his family for Deepavali celebrations in Palani, of Dindigul district in Tamil Nadu.
According to reports, the actor reportedly suffered from a heart attack on Saturday evening at the village. He allegedly began complaining of chest pain and was subsequently rushed to the hospital, where doctors declared him dead on arrival.
The actor is survived by his wife and 8-year-old daughter, Aishwarya.
A popular silver screen actor, Vijayaraj gained prominence through long-running serials like Metti Oli, Kolangal and Nadhaswaram.
Vijayaraj acted in the popular Tamil TV serial Metti Oli, directed by Thirumurugan, which aired on prime-time television for three years (April 2002 to March 2005). He garnered fame for his role in Metti Oli, which ran for over 800 episodes and aired worldwide.
Metti Oli won several accolades including a Kalaimamani award from the Tamil Nadu state government, and it was remade in several languages, namely Kannada, Malayalam, Hindi and Telugu, though it should be noted that the plot lines varied slightly in these remakes. Following the showâ€™s popularity, Thirumurugan went on to direct Nadhaswaram, which also starred Vijayaraj.
Vijayaraj was also known for his roles in the popular television series Kolangal, starring Devayani.
The actor also has starred in small roles in a few films.