Kozhikode: Veteran Mollywood actor Mamukkoya passed away on Wednesday at about 1.05 pm. He was 76. He had been undergoing treatment at a private hospital in Kozhikode for the past few days. The cause of death was brain haemorrhage. The actor's demise comes at a time after Mollywood lost its popular actor Innocent on March 26, this year.
On April 24, Mamukkoya suffered a heart attack while attending the inauguration of a football tournament in Malappuram and was admitted to the intensive care unit (ICU) of a private hospital in Vandoor. He was later shifted to another private hospital in Kozhikode for advanced treatment and had been on ventilator support.
Earlier in the day, the doctors had informed his family members that the condition of the veteran actor is getting worse and his life was sustained on the ventilator.
Born in July 1946, Mamukkoya began his acting career in theatre and later went on to act in movies. He made his Mollywood debut in 1979 through the film ‘Anyarude Bhoomi’, directed by Nilambur Balan. Following which, he became noted for his natural acting, versatile Mappila dialect and effortless portrayal of humour roles.
Spanning decades, Mamukkoya has acted in over 450 movies sharing screen space with the popular actors of Malayalam. He has been admired for his performance in various film, including ‘Doore Doore Oru Koodu Koottam’, ‘Gandhinagar Second Street’, ‘Nadodikkattu’, ‘Pattanapravesham’, ‘Unnikale Oru Kadha Parayam’, ‘Vadakkunokkiyantram’, ‘Kireedam’, ‘Oppam’, ‘Ustad Hotel’, ‘Sandesham’, ‘Chenkol’, ‘Sharjah To Sharjah’, ‘Vettam’, ‘Sreedharante Onnam Thirumurivu’, ‘Currency’, ‘Oru Marubhoomi Kadha,’ ‘Indian Rupee,’ ‘Minnal Murali’, ‘Kuruthi’, ‘Theerppu’, and ‘Pyali’ among many others.
The actor, who is the winner of two state awards (‘Perumazhakkalam’ - 2004, ‘Innathe Chintha Vishayam’ - 2008), has also bagged various honours including Jaihind TV Award for the Best Comedy Artist in Malayalam.
Mamukkoya is married to Suhara and the couple has four children namely Muhammed Nisar, Shahitha, Nadiya and Abdul Rasheed.
He was last seen in Ashraf Hamza’s romantic drama ‘Sulaikha Manzil’ and has several projects in the pipeline such as ‘B Nilavarayum Sharjah Palliyum’ and ‘Nancy Rani’.