Malayalam character artiste, Vijayan Peringode, best known for his roles in films like Asthram, Oppam, Pattalam, Meesa Madhavan, Devasuram, breathed his last on May 23 due to cardiac arrest. He was 66 years old. He was reportedly taken to a hospital in Palakkad in the wee hours of the morning following complaints of acute chest pain. However, he succumbed to a massive cardiac arrest later in the day. He is now survived by his wife Chanjalakshi and three children, Kannan, Anadapadmanabhan and Gayathri.

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It was in the 1980s that Peringode ventured into the Malayalam film industry as a production executive, following which he appeared in a range of movies playing short yet important roles. His debut film was in 1983—Asthram, helmed by PN Menon that also starred Malayalam superstars like Mammootty, Nedumudi Venu, Mohanlal, Bharat Gopi, in the lead roles. Since then, Peringode acted in not less than 100 films throughout the 1990s and 2000s and has even been helmed in films by Priyadarshan, Sathyan Anthikkad and Lal Jose.

Not just in the Malayalam film industry, he has also acted in a couple of Tamil films. He was last seen in the 2017 flick , titled, 1971 Without Borders. The deceased actor’s final rites will take place in Palakkad on 23 May at around 4 pm, according to a report by The News Minute report. Vijayan Peringode’s death comes as a huge loss to the Malayalam and Tamil film industry. Actors like Mohanlal, Dileep and Mammootty have expressed their grief at the actor’s death. Stay tuned to this space for more updates.