Just a day after a visibly affected Rajinikanth paid his last respects to former Tamil Nadu chief minister J Jayalalithaa, he had to bear yet another big loss as his friend Srinivasa Iyer ‘Cho’ Ramaswamy died today. The superstar went to to pay his respects and offer condolences to the journalist’s family who passed away in Apollo Hospitals in Chennai this morning at the age of 82. Ramaswamy, who founded Thuglak magazine, succumbed to a cardiac arrest earlier today. He is survived by his wife, son and daughter. Rajinikanth arrived at Ramaswamy’s residence at MRC Nagar where the late political satirist’s body has been taken for friends and family to pay their respects.
Aside from his journalistic work, Cho was also an actor, editor, film director, comedian and lawyer. He worked in 89 movies and 15 plays in his lifetime and directed five films and wrote the scripts for another five films. Ramaswamy and Rajinikanth’s first film together was 1979’s Aarilirunthu Arubathu Varai. They would eventually work in a number of films together such as Manithan and Guru Sisayan.
Speaking on the death of Ramaswamy, Rajinikanth told ANI, “I had come to offer my condolences and pay tribute. Cho Ramaswamy never compromised his writings for anybody’s sake. My heartfelt condolences to the family members. May his soul rest in peace.” Yesterday, Rajinikanth had also gone to Rajaji Hall to pay tribute to former Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Jayalalithaa, to whom Ramaswamy was an advisor.