A case of unnatural death was registered by Thrissur Police in Kerala on Monday after traces of methyl alcohol were found in the body of versatile Malayalam actor Kalabhavan Mani, reports The Indian Express. He passed away on Sunday. After the postmortem, the actor was cremated in his hometown Chalakudy. A sea of humanity including fans and fellow artists turned up to bid farewell to their favourite actor, often called the ‘poor man’s superstar’.
Mani was known to be suffering from an advance stage of liver cirrhosis, but the police said the cause of death could be ascertained only from an examination of viscera and internal organs.
According to a police source, the actor was reportedly an alcoholic. A veteran of over 200-odd films, Mani had been staying in his outhouse in Chalakudy for the last few weeks.
“He used to drink heavily. On Friday night, Mani drank with friends,” the source added. The police have questioned all the five friends who were allegedly with the actor, hours before he was found in an unconscious state at his outhouse.
“They all mentioned a drinking party but could not explain the presence of methyl alcohol in his blood. Excise officials searched the outhouse to check if they had used spurious liquor,” the source added.