Kalabhavan Mani, the versatile Malayalam actor and folk singer passed away at a hospital in Kochi on 6 March 2016.
The actor, who was suffering from liver-related ailment was hospitalized for the past two weeks.
Dr. Sanjeev Singh, senior medical administrator at the Amrita Institute of Medical Sciences here, told The Hindu that the actor was admitted to the hospital on Saturday night with bleeding hematemesis (vomiting of blood).
He began his acting career in the Siby Malayil and directed the Malayalam film Aksharam.
Within a week after the death of director Rajesh Pillai, the film fraternity is in for another rude shock with another untimely and shocking demise.
Mani was married to Veterinary physician Dr Nimmy on 22 September 2000 and he is survived by his wife and his daughter, Sree Lakshmy.
Entering Malayalam film industry as a comedian, Mani later became an active artiste in South Indian films, including Tamil and Malayalam, especially essaying villain roles. He has acted in over 200 films and has won a National award for his portrayal of a blind singer in the film "Vasanthiyum Lakshmiyum Pinna Gnanum".