Malayalam’s comedy king Innocent, 75, passes away 

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Kochi: Veteran Malayalam actor-cum-politician Innocent passed away on Sunday (March 26) in Kochi. He was 75. He had been undergoing treatment for cancer related complications at VPS Lakeshore Hospital in Kochi.

On Sunday, the condition of the actor turned very critical, according to a medical bulletin issued by the hospital authorities. The actor was under Extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO) support at the hospital. His condition was critical for the past few days.

The body will be kept for public homage at Rajiv Gandhi Indoor Stadium in Kadavanthra from 8 am till 11 am, at Municipal Town Hall in Irinjalakuda from 1 pm to 3.30 pm and later at his residence. The funeral will be held on Tuesday at 10 am at St Thomas Cathedral, Irinjalakuda.

Innocent was admitted to a private hospital in Kochi two weeks back due to breathing issues. The 75-year-old veteran comedian and character actor was diagnosed with cancer some years ago.

Innocent Vareed Thekkethala who is prominently known for his peculiar humour roles in Malayalam cinema has acted in over 500 films across different languages and has bagged numerous prestigious honours, including three Kerala State Film Awards, for his performances.

The actor-turned-politician has also served as the Member of Parliament in Lok Sabha representing Chalakudy constituency from 2014 till 2019 and was the president of Association of Malayalam Movie Artistes (AMMA) for around 15 years.

Lauded for his witty mannerisms and eloquent dialogue delivery, Innocent entered the Malayalam film industry with the movie ‘Nrityashala' in 1972. Since then, he has played key roles in several super hit movies such as ‘Ramji Rao Speaking’, ‘Mannar Mathai Speaking’, ‘Kilukkam’, ‘Godfather’, ‘Vietnam Colony’, ‘Nadodikattu’, ‘Devasuram’, ‘Ravanaprabhu’, ‘Manichitrathazhu’, ‘Kabooliwala’, Rasathanthram’ among others.

The actor, who took a break from movies after being diagnosed with throat cancer, was later seen in movies namely ‘Jomonte Suvisheshangal’, ‘Njan Marykutty’ and ‘Marakkar: Lion of the Arabian Sea’. In addition to being an actor, Innocent has worked as a producer for a couple of projects too.

Innocent is also popular for his writings and has published five books namely ‘Cancer Wardile Chiri’ (an account of his experiences while undergoing treatment for cancer), ‘Chirikku Pinnil’, ‘Mazha Kannadi’, ‘Irinjalakkudakku Chuttum’ and ‘Njan Innocent’. He is survived by his wife Alice and son Sonnet Thekkethala

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