Anil Nedumangad’s body to be brought to TVM today

Anil Nedumangad
Anil Nedumangad | Photo: Anil P. Nedumangad/Facebook

Thodupuzha: The body of Malayalam film actor Anil Nedumangad, who drowned to death on Friday, will be brought to his house in Thiruvananthapuram today. The body will be first taken to Kottayam medical college hospital for autopsy after obtaining the COVID-19 result earlier in the day.

The actor was in Thodupuzha in connection with a film shoot of his new movie "Peace" starring Joju George and had gone to bathe with friends during a break and died due to drowning at Malankara dam in Thodupuzha. It is learned that he went into a deeper area and got pulled by the strong currents.

His friends who noticed him missing searched for him and fished him out with the help of rescue workers around 6 pm. He was rushed to a private hospital where doctors pronounced him dead.

His body was shifted to the Thodupuzha District Government Hospital then.

After autopsy, the body will be shifted to his house in Thottumukku of Nedumangad.

Anil, 48, began his career in Malayalam television channels as an anchor and went on to don the grease paint in various films, including "Njan Steve Lopez", "Pavada", "Kammatti Padam", "Kismat", "Porinju Mariam Jose" besides "Ayyappannum Koshiyum".

The actor had penned a touching Facebook post about "Ayyappannum Koshiyum" director K R Sachidanandan (Sachi), who passed away six months ago.

Sachidanandan's birthday was on Christmas day.

The tragedy comes close on the heels of the death of 37-year-old Malayalam film director Shahnavas Naranipuzha, who died of heart attack two days ago. Shahnavas' "Sufiyum Sujatayum" with Bollywood actor Aditi Rao Hydari and Jayasurya in the lead role, was the first Malayalam film to be released on OTT platform due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Actors Prithviraj, Dulquer Salman, Biju Menon and Suraj Venjaramudu, took to social media to mourn the death of Anil.

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