Nitish Veera, the Tamil actor, died due to post Covid-19 related complications at the Omandurar Government Hospital in Chennai on Monday.
He was 48.
Speaking to Silverscreen India, the late actor’s brother Suresh Kumar said that Veera had tested positive for Covid-19 on May 3 and was admitted to the government hospital.
“My brother was undergoing treatment for about 15 days. Yesterday [Sunday] another set of the test results revealed that he tested negative for the virus. However, he had complained of breathing issues and discomfort. Following which his health deteriorated and he died today morning at 6.30 am,” he said, adding that Veera’s family had been receiving condolence messages from the film fraternity over the phone as they couldn’t visit them due to Covid-19 induced lockdown.
Veera debuted with Pudhupettai in 2006. He played the role of Mani Kokki Kumar’s (played by Dhanush) close friend in this film directed by Selvaraghavan. He was last seen in Ettuthikkum Para (2020), directed by Keera. The film stars Samuthirakani, Chandini Tamilarasan and Ramdoss in pivotal roles. He collaborated with Dhanush for the second time in the National Award-winning film Asuran.
Veera played a pivotal character named Sekar in Vennila Kabadi Kuzhu (2009) and its sequel which released in 2019. He also essayed the role of the Rajinikanth and Easwari Rao’s son in Pa Ranjith’s Kaala (2018).
He also played character roles in films like Sindhanai Sei, Aira, Ratchasi and Peranbu.
The late actor is said to have played a crucial role in the upcoming Tamil film Laabam, featuring Vijay Sethupathy, Shruti Haasan with Jagapathi Babu, Sai Dhanshika and Kalaiyarasan. The film was directed by SP Jananathan who died in March due to a cardiac arrest.
Many actors and filmmakers from the Tamil film industry mourned Veera’s death on social media.
REST IN PEACE MY “MANI ” pic.twitter.com/SwcQLeUPOB
— selvaraghavan (@selvaraghavan) May 17, 2021
This is disheartening. Rest in peace my brother. pic.twitter.com/kIpgiiiHPI
— Dhanush (@dhanushkraja) May 17, 2021
It pains to write this…
— VISHNU VISHAL – V V (@TheVishnuVishal) May 17, 2021
Shocking & much Saddened to hear that our co- actor who i just worked recently is no more.. Such a nice performer in so many amazing films.. We will miss u #NitishVeera
Rest in peace.. More strength to the whole family.. Please everyone be very careful 🙏🏻 pic.twitter.com/9Rg0IHFCSE
— kathir (@am_kathir) May 17, 2021
RIP #NitishVeera 🙏
Guys pls tc of ur family and friends, stay home stay safe 🙏
— Master Mahendran 🔱 (@Actor_Mahendran) May 17, 2021
— Dharan kumar (@dharankumar_c) May 17, 2021
Rest In Peace My Friend #Nitishveera
— KRISHH (@krishoffl) May 17, 2021
The second is wave is not a joke guys…. can’t loose anyone anymore… pls stay in and stay safe 🙏🏼 pic.twitter.com/oojewojGHl
— krishna (@Actor_Krishna) May 17, 2021
Veera’s funeral will be held in Madurai.
He is survived by his wife and two daughters.