Veteran actor Sivananthan Shanmugavelan, popular with his stage name Nellai Siva, passed away at his residence in Thirunelveli yesterday.

The actor who was suffering from age-related ailments succumbs to death due to cardiac arrest at the age of 69.

Since the comedian was unmarried, his funeral will be handled by his brother's children.

Nellai Siva entered cinema in the 80s and have worked in many movies and programmes to date. He was also for playing a famous role in Vijay TV's 'Pandian Stores.

Our heartfelt condolences to actor Nellai Siva's family, friends and fans. May his soul rest in peace.