Veteran Tamil actor Florent C Pereira has passed away on Monday at the age of 67 in Chennai due to the COVID-19 viral infection, becoming the second victim to succumb to the pandemic in Kollywood, first being reputed Tamil producer V Swaminathan, who died in August, and the latest development had shocked and levied grief for the circles and fraternities close to the deceased Tamil actor.
According to reports, Florent Pereira was getting treated at the Rajiv Gandhi Government General Hospital in Chennai after he was tested positive for the COVID-19 viral infection. Amid the treatment, he breathed his last at around 10 pm on Monday - September 14. Pereira was the former General Manager of Kalaignar TV and he rose to fame through playing notable roles in the movies.
He also held key positions in Vijay TV and WIN TV and he made his debut in the big screen as an actor through Vijay's 'Puthiya Geethai', which was released in 2003. Following his debut, he went on to act in the movies like 'Sathriyan' (2017), Vellaiyilla Pattathari 2 (VIP 2) - 2017, and he has also appeared in the movies such as 'Thodari', 'Taramani', 'Podhuvaga Emmanasu Thangam', 'Raja Manthiri', and 'Mupparimanam'.
His roles in Prabhu Solomon's 'Kayal' (2014) and Ramu Chellappa's ' Enkitta Mothathe' (2017) had put him on the limelight as he had earned the reputation through these significant roles. In 'Kayal', he played the role of father to actor Anandhi, who played the lead role in the movie. Florent Pereira had also acted in Seenu Ramasamy's 'Dharmadurai' and 'Idam Porul Yaeval', which is yet to be released. In 2017, three of his films - 'Taramani', 'VIP 2', and 'Podhuvaga Emmanasu Thangam' had released on the same day in August.
He has two decades of experience in television and according to the reports, he was tested positive for the global pandemic two weeks ago and he had been hospitalized since then. He fell sick last month after he attended a wedding ceremony. He admitted to the government hospital in Chennai and on Monday, he breathed his last. After his demise came to headlines, condolences have been pouring in for the deceased actor.
Renowned director Seenu Ramasamy took to Twitter and expressed his condolences. In his obituary, Ramasamy said, "I can't believe this Film Actor Kalaignar TV Ex GM good hearted soulful Mr.Florent Perera you are in the midst of us RIP Father. My deepest condolence to his family & Friends".
I can't believe this— Seenu Ramasamy (@seenuramasamy) September 14, 2020
Kalaignar TV Ex GM
good hearted soulful
you are in the midst of us
RIP Father 🙏 🙏 🙏
My deepest condolence to his family & Friends.#CoronavirusPandemic @DrBrianPereira #Alexanderpereira pic.twitter.com/90LywUVIXG
Movie editor Ruben, who is a relative for the deceased actor, said, "Florent C.Pereira - He was always a good mentor to me, right from my childhood! A Very Kind & Positive person is with God now! Miss you UNCLE. May you cheer those in Heaven too". The fraternities have been placing their tributes to the departed veteran actor, who has become the second victim for COVID-19 in Kollywood.
Florent C.Pereira - He was always a good mentor to me, right from my childhood! A Very Kind & Positive person is with God now! Miss you UNCLE 🤗 May you cheer those in Heaven too 😇❤️🙏🏻#RipflorentPereira pic.twitter.com/8lt6XsoyW0— Editor Ruben (@AntonyLRuben) September 15, 2020
In August, reputed film producer V Swaminathan had died of the viral infection at the age of 62. Besides being known for his supporting roles in the movies, Swaminathan has been one of the renowned producers in Kollywood. Swaminathan had collaborated with K Muralidharan and G Venugopal and the trio had worked together and produced many movies under the banner of Lakshmi Movie Makers, which is one of the significant production houses known for producing some of the welcoming and everlasting movies.
Swaminathan was known for producing breakthrough films like Kamal Haasan's 'Anbe Sivam', Dhanush's 'Pudhupettai', Vijay's 'Priyamudan' and 'Bagavathi', and Ajith's 'Unnai Thedi'. Swaminathan had become the first victim in Kollywood who succumbed to the global pandemic. As of Monday - September 14, Tamil Nadu has reported 5,08,511 positive cases so far of which 46,912 are active, 4,53,165 have been recovered, and 8,434 had died of the viral infection.