Thodupuzha: Actor and theatre artiste Thodupuzha Vasanthi passed away at a private hospital in Vazhakkulam on Tuesday morning. She has been ailing for a long time. She was 65.

The last rites will be held at her brother’s residence at Manakkad at 4 pm on Tuesday. She was under treatment for throat cancer. She was also suffering from diabetes due to which her right leg was amputated.

Born in Manakkad near Thodupuzha in Idukki district, Vasanthi entered filmdom through theatre. Her father Ramakrishnan Nair was a theatre artist. She has acted in over 450 movies, nearly 16 television serials and over 100 stage plays.

She has received state government award for her theatre performance. Vasanthi is also a recipient of Film Critics award.

It was Adoor Bhavani who first addressed her as ‘Thodupuzha Vasanthi’ while acting in a drama ‘Penal Code’. The character of ‘Rajamma’ in K G George’s film ‘Yavanika’ had brought her many accolades.

Recently, the Women Collective In Cinema had come forward to help Vasanthi after learning from media about the actor’s plight.

Vasanthi took a break from the film industry to look after her father who was affected by cancer. Three years later, her husband Rajindran also took ill. In 2010, Rajindran and Vasanthi’s mother also passed away.

She started a dance school after her film opportunities diminished. Her last days were mired in misery.