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Veteran writer Cho Ramaswamy dead

CHENNAI || Cho Ramaswamy, a veteran thespian, writer and former parliamentarian who was the first to propose Narendra Modi as a prime ministerial candidate, passed away after a heart attack in Chennai on Wednesday morning. He was 82.

choRamaswamy’s personal physician Vijayabhaskar said the former Rajya Sabha member passed away at around 3.58 am at Apollo hospital, where former chief minister J Jayalalithaa battled for life for over two months and lost.

Cho suffered a massive heart attack at 3.30 am. and efforts to revive him failed, said Raghurajan, one of his relatives at the hospital. His body has been taken to his residence where it is kept for people to pay homage, he said.

Cho is survived by wife, son and daughter. He was a personal friend of late Tamil Nadu chief minister J Jayalalithaa.