Kalabhavan Mani passes away, foulplay suspectedPublished: March 7, 2016
Popular actor Kalabhavan Mani, who carved a niche for himself in Mollywood and Kollywood, passed away at a private hospital in Kochi on Sunday evening (7.15 pm). He was 45.
He suffered from sudden onset of kidney and liver failure, which is thought to have been caused by methyl alcohol consumption. His death remains a mystery and is being investigated by Kochi police based on a complaint by his brother.
Many prominent personalities of Tamil and Malayalam industries have been condoling Mani’s sudden death. Suriya posted on his online page: “#kalabhavanmani Respects to a great performer!A Good friend.Will cherish time spent with him! Rest In Peace sir.”
Mani started his career as a mimicry artist with the Kalabhavan troupe. He has starred in over 200 films, including Malayalam, Tamil, and Telugu films, and is especially known for his character and villain roles.
He started his acting career in the Malayalam film ‘Aksharam’ as an auto rickshaw driver. He won the National Film Award and Kerala State Film Award in 1999 for his performance as Ramu in ‘Vasanthiyum Lakshmiyum Pinne Njaanum’.