Veteran actress Manjula Vijayakumar passed away in Chennai on Tuesday morning. She was 59.
The yesteryear actress was admitted to Sri Ramachandra Medical Center, Porur, Chennai, following a stomach injury. She breathed her last at 11:40 in the morning. Manjula is survived by her actor-husband Vijayakumar, daughters Vanitha, Preetha and Sridevi.
Manjula entered the Tamil film industry as a child artiste in "Shanti Nilayam". She bagged a lead role in MGR's 'Rickshawkaran" (1971). After the success of this film, Manjula appeared as the leading lady with big stars during the late seventies and then began playing supporting roles in the 80s. The actress has acted in more than 100 films in various south Indian languages including Tamil, Telugu and Kannada.
As the news of the actress' unfortunate death emerged, several film celebrities took to Twitter to pay their last respects.
Here are some of the tweets:
khushbusundar @khushsundar: "RIP Manjula aunty..life will. Never be the same without u..u will alwz b d most beautiful woman to me..love u so much.."
"My kids will miss their lovable ammama n my hubby his GF..u wr instrumental in getting me married..I owe my happiness 2 u..bye bye beautiful," she said.
aishwaryaa.r.dhanush @ash_r_dhanush: "RIP manjula vijayakumar aunty..adorable n affectionate. .you lived life queen size. a great mother n friend..remembering all the laughter. ."
Vijay Yesudas @IAMVIJAYYESUDAS: "R.I.P. - Manjula Vijayakumar - Yesudas family's Condolence to the entire Vijaykumar Family."
Radikaa Sarathkumar @realradikaa: "RIP manjula Vijayakumar Akka , a fun loving warm hearted person. Aft seeing u 2day thght of all the good times & love u have showered to all".
Trisha krishnan @trishtrashers: "Rip Manjula aunty:(Thx fr always wishn me well.Heartfelt condolences 2 uncle,preeta, papa n d family.Losin a parent is an inxplainable pain".
Sarath Kumar @realsarathkumar: "Deepest condolences to Thirumathi Manjula Vijayakumar's family, the film industry has lost another versatile actor and a good human being".