Journalist, political analyst and comedian Cho S Ramaswamy died on Wednesday at Apollo Hospital here, said an official. He was 82.
A former member of Rajya Sabha Ramaswamy was ailing for some time and was in the hospital where he breathed his last at around 4 a.m. The body has been shifted to his residence here.
Cho Ramaswamy was a close friend of former Tamil Nadu chief minister J Jayalalithaa, who died on Monday night. Cho campaigned for Prime Minister Narendra Modi, and the latter called him his “raj guru.”
Cho was admitted to Apollo Hospitals on November 29 for chronic obstructive pulmonary disorder (COPD). He was moved to the intensive care unit when his condition worsened. “He was watching the news and Jayalalalithaa funeral procession until Tuesday afternoon. His condition deteriorated and he was put on a ventilator,” said a treating doctor.
Cho is survived by his wife Soundara Ramaswamy, son Rajivakshan alias Sriram and daughter Sindhu.
Cho scripted nearly 23 stage plays, including “Mohammed Bin Thuglaq,” where he resurrected Sultan Thuglaq from his grave to become the prime minister of India. He acted in 200 films, directed four and scripted another 14. He got the name “Cho” from a character he enlivened on the stage in a play called “Thenmozhiyal.” He scripted and directed TV serials and acted in them.