A picture of Kumarimuthu.Riaz K Ahmed

Legendary Tamil actor Kumarimuthu died Sunday, Feb.28 at a private hospital in Chennai. He was 77.

Photos of Celebs paying their final respects to Kumarimuthu

The veteran actor made his acting debut in "Ival Oru Seethai" in 1978. But the offers started pouring in only after 1982 "Nandu," written and directed by J Mahendran. In his successful career, he was part of over 500 films in Kollywood and did a variety of roles. The Tamil audience liked him in comedy roles and he enjoyed a good fan following through his humorous acts.

"Oomai Vizhigal," "Idhu Namma Aalu," "Pudhu Vasantham," "Idhayam," "Sahadevan Mahadevan" and "Aanazhagan" were some of his popular films. His last movie was "Villu," starring Ilayathalapathy Vijay and Nayantara in 2009.

In the past couple of years, he was quite busy in politics and was one of the celebrity faces of Karunanidhi-spearheaded Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK). It may also be recalled that he had waged war against the functioning of the then administration of Nadigar Sangam (South Indian Artistes' Association).

Many celebrities have expressed their condolences on Twitter. Here are a few comments posted by them:

Udhayanidhi Stalin posted: very sad news..ayya kumarimuthu sir passed away..such a nice human being with lovable smile ..may his soul Rip.

Vishal wrote: great actor n comedian#Kumarimuthu passed away.one of the 1st persons 2 raise his voice Fr nadigar sangam.RIP

Anjana Rangan wrote: Kumari muthu sir .. So many movies .. Who can forget that laugh ! A legend in tamil cinema history ! May his souls Rest in Peace !