Former Tamil Nadu MLA P Vetrivel died of coronavirus on Thursday (October 15), becoming the third elected representative from the state to succumb to the virus after Congress MP H Vasanthakumar and DMK MLA J Anbalagan.
The 59-year-old Vetrivel, who was the AMMK treasurer and a close confidant of the party’s general secretary TTV Dhinakaran, was undergoing treatment at Sri Ramachandra Hospital in Chennai. He died at 6:40 pm due to septic shock, reports quoted the hospital as saying.
கழகப்பொருளாளர் என் அருமை நண்பர் திரு. P.வெற்றிவேல் Ex.MLA மறைவு செய்தி கேட்டு கலங்கி நிற்கிறேன் – ஆறுதல் சொல்ல வார்த்தைகள் இன்றி தவிக்கிறேன்! pic.twitter.com/jJdRFCef6b
— TTV Dhinakaran (@TTVDhinakaran) October 15, 2020
He was hospitalised on October 6 and shifted to intensive care on October 9, reports said.
Vetrivel began his political career in the Congress before switching over to the AIADMK. After the death of former chief minister J Jayalalithaa, he had joined Team Dhinakaran. In 2017, he was disqualified by the Speaker for withdrawing support to CM E. Palaniswami.