Renowned actor Thilakan died at a private hospital in Thiruvananthapuram following a cardiac arrest in the wee hours of today. He was 77.
He is survived by his sons Shaji Thilakan, Shammi Thilakan, Shibu Thilakan, Shobi Thilakan and daughters Sonia Thilakan and Sophia Thilakan.
Thilakan was admitted to a hospital at Thrissur on August 23 2012 after he collapsed during the shooting of a film. He was then shifted to KIMS hospital, Thiruvananthapuram and was in a critical condition after suffering two heart attacks.
Besides having cardiac problems, Thilakan was suffering from pneumonia. The actor had been put on ventilator since then.
Thilakan is regarded as one of the finest actors in Indian cinema, known for his excellence in character roles. He was awarded the Padma Shri on 2009 for his contributions towards the arts.