Veteran Tamil comedian Arumugam Mohanasundaram, popularly known as 'Loose' Mohan passed away Sunday morning at his residence in Mylapore, Chennai, following a brief illness. He was 84.
Mohan was suffering from respiratory problems and died while being taken to a private hospital, The Times of India reported. He is survived by his son and three daughters.
Mohan was born in Kanchipuram and shifted to Chennai at an early age. He started his acting career at the age of sixteen in 1944 film "Harichandra" as P. U. Chinnappa's son.
Mohan acted as a comedian in more than 1000 films and is credited for introducing the Madras lingo in Tamil cinema. He achieved success as a comedian in the late 1970s and 1980s when he acted with actors like Kamal Haasan and Rajinikanth. Even Kamal Haasan praised him in the past for his skill in speaking the Madras lingo.
His breakthrough movie as comedian was the 1979 film "Rosapoo Ravikaikari". Apart from Tamil movies he also acted in Bhojpuri, Hindi, Tulu and four Marathi movies.
The Government of Tamil Nadu awarded him the Kalaimamani award in 2000. His last film was "Azhagi" in 2002 after which he quit acting due to his deteriorating health.
Last year, Mohan submitted a petition with the police alleging negligence by his son, Karthik.
Many celebrities paid their last respects to the comedian at his residence on Sunday. An AIADMK party representative also paid last respects to the actor on behalf of Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Jayalalithaa.