Versatile actor Raghuvaran dead at 59

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Chennai, Mar 19 (UNI) Versatile actor Raghuvaran, who has the uncanny knack of essaying the roles of Hero as well as Villain with equal finesse, died at a private hospital here this morning after a brief illness.

He was 59. He is survived by his divorced wife and former actor Rohini and a son.

The tall actor, who had been suffering from diabetes and other complications, was rushed to a private hospital this morning, where he collapsed. His family members were at the bedside when the end came around 0830 hrs.

The body was later shifted to his residence at T Nagar where the Tamil film world paid their last respects.

Nadigar Sangam President Sarathkumar, his wife Radhika, Satyaraj, Radha Ravi, Thalai Vasal Vijay, comedian Vivek and several others placed a wreath on the body and paid their homage.

The mortal remains of Raghuvaran, who had acted in several Tamil, Malayalam, Telugu and Hindi films and has been praised as a natural actor, would be consigned to flames this evening.

Most of his roles were of villain or supporting actor. He became famous with his role as the protagonist of a Tamil soap opera, ''Oru Manidhanin Kadhai,'' the story about a well-to-do man who becomes an alcoholic and faces the consequent difficulties.

Raghuvaran, who had taken a sabbatical from active films due to ill-health, made a come back last year in the film ''Sivapathigaram'' and later acted in big films, including Rajnikanth's blockbuster ''Sivaji-The Boss.'' His last film was ''Sila Nerangalil'' and ''Bheema,'' which were released recently.

The tall and handsome Kollywood star was a student of the Film Institute.

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