Kollywood actor and former Lok Sabha member JK Rithesh died, today, due to cardiac arrest. He was 46. The ‘Nayagan’ actor complained of severe chest pain during an election campaigning in Ramanathapuram. The AIADMK leader was immediately rushed to a nearby hospital. However, the treatment provided was not enough to save his life.
He was initially with the DMK and was elected to the 15th Lok Sabha, where he was a member of Committee on Water Resources. In April 2014, he joined AIADMK as a primary member.
JK Rithesh debuted as an actor in 2007 with ‘Kaanal Neer’, directed by comedian Chinni Jayanth. The actor’s second film ‘Nayagan’ released the following year, whilst not a commercial success, thrust him into the limelight, thanks to aggressive marketing.
In 2009, Rithesh acted in ‘Pen Singam’, a film penned by late DMK chief Kalaignar M Karunanidhi. Following a 10 year hiatus, he made his comeback with RJ Balaji’s political satire ‘LKG’ which released in February. His role as politician Ramaraj Pandian in the film evoked positive responses from critics and audiences alike.
Meanwhile, several people, including celebrities, have posted their condolences on social media. Actor and Producers’ Council president Vishal posted a tweet on the AIADMK member’s demise that read, “Life is so bloody unpredictable.unable to believe the news of my good friend #JKRitheesh s Demise. shocking. got to know him during Nadigar Sangam elections. My deepest condolences to his wife and kids. I pray God to give them strength at this tough time. May his soul RIP.”