Popular Tamil actor passes away in Chennai: Kollywood pays tribute!

In a shocking development, popular Tamil actor and martial arts teacher Sreeram has passed away in Chennai on Saturday at the age of 60. Widely known as Krav Maga Sreeram, he was teaching martial arts on the terrace of his residence in Chennai on Saturday during which he suffered a fatal fall, causing him severe injuries, and eventually he breathed his last due to the injuries. 

Sreeram rose to popularity through Halitha Shameem's anthology 'Sillu Karupatti'. In the anthology, Sreeram played the role of Navaneethan in the story titled 'Turtle Walk'. His role and natural acting were widely spoken along with the movie, which was one of the first-line anthologies of the Tamil movie industry. Sreeram was also a reputed martial arts teacher.

According to reports, Sreeram has got trained in Krav Maga, which is a fighting and self-defense art developed by the Israeli defense forces, and following the training, he soon had become an instructor of the art and as an instructor, Sreeram had taught the art to the Chennai City police and to reputed actors like Anurag Kashyap and Amala Paul for their films Imaikka Nodigal and Adho Andha Paravai Pola, respectively. 

Amid acting, Sreeram had kept instructing the martial art as his profession and he was teaching the fighting system in his residence in Chennai and on Saturday, when he was teaching the art on the terrace of his residence, he had fallen and sustained fatal injuries and eventually succumbed to injuries at his residence at the age of 60. 

After the news of his demise headlined, many notable people and celebrities have been paying tribute to the departed soul and expressing condolences to Sreeram's family. Reputed police officer Davidson Devasirvatham took to Facebook and said, "It shook me to hear the news about the death of Krav Maga Sreeram. I have known him for the past five years and have been fascinated by his multitalented skills. Have worked with him very closely for few police-related assignments" 

"He conducted the Krav Maga training module at Madurai on my request. Had always wanted to listen to his life story and was looking forward to use his expertise to train the trainees at the Police Academy. He has left behind a lot of trail of his journey in different fields and a deep impact of his character and personality in the hearts and minds of those who knew him personally. Will miss you, my dear friend. RIP", the police officer added. 

Apart from teaching martial art, Sreeram has done several safety workshops for women, especially to employees of IT and BPO companies, hotels, taxi drivers, and hospitals. He had demonstrated Krav Maga to the Governor of Tamil Nadu on November 20, 2013, and he also had demonstrated the art for police to then Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu Jayalalithaa during the Tamil Nadu Police Medal parade in 2013.