Bengaluru: National Award-winning Kannada actor Sanchari Vijay passed away Monday. He was declared brain-dead by doctors who treated him after he met with an accident on June 12 while returning home from his friend's place. He was on his motorbike.
The 38-year-old actor reportedly suffered injuries in the right portion of the brain and in the thigh region. Despite multiple surgeries, he suffered irreversible brain damage.
A statement from Apollo Hospital in Bengaluru said he was on life support in the neuro ICU. "Neurologically he is deeply unconscious and is showing signs of brain failure. The family had come forward and consented for organ donation keeping in view the current irreversible brain damage. We will follow the guidelines as per organ donation protocol," read an excerpt from the statement.
Vijay made his debut with the film Rangappa Hogbitna in 2011. He appeared in many Kannada films including Dasavala, Harivu, Oggarane, Killing Veerappan, Varthamana and Sipaayi among others. He rose to fame with the film Naanu Avanalla Avalu, which also fetched him his first National Award.
Actor Sudeep tweeted saying: "Very, very disheartening to accept that Sanchari Vijay breathed his last. Met him couple of times just before this lockdown... All excited about his next film that's due for release. Very sad. Deepest condolences to his family and friends. RIP."
In a tweet, actor Danish Sait said: “Rest in peace sir, your contribution to cinema will live forever."