Malayalam actor Vinod Thomas, recognized for his roles in acclaimed films like Ayyappanum Koshiyu and Bhoothakaalam, was discovered lifeless inside his parked car near Pampady in Kerala’s Kottayam district on November 18.
The shocking incident, reported by the hotel management, prompted an immediate response from the police, who rushed him to the hospital where he was declared dead. Subsequent to the tragic event, a preliminary postmortem report has unveiled that the 45-year-old actor’s cause of death was attributed to an excess inhalation of carbon monoxide gas.
Vinod Thomas, also known for his contributions to television shows, short films, and theatre, was last seen in the movie Bhagavan Dasante Ramrajyam. His untimely demise has left the Malayalam film fraternity in disbelief.
The actor’s lifeless body was discovered in his car parked near a bar at Kalachanta in Pampadi. The investigation, spearheaded by Pamapadi SHO Survaranakumar, was initiated after a security personnel noticed Vinod entering his car and subsequently found him dead. The prolonged presence of the car in the parking lot raised suspicions among hotel staff, leading them to inspect the vehicle.
Pampadi Police have registered the case as an unnatural death and are actively conducting an investigation. The Motor Vehicle Department’s examination of Vinod’s car, originally scheduled for November 21, is part of the ongoing probe. While the postmortem report has shed light on the potential cause of the actor’s demise, authorities have refrained from classifying it as a crime, indicating that the investigation is still in progress.
Vinod Thomas’s body is presently at Kottayam Medical College Hospital, and his cremation took place at Muttambalam public crematorium on Tuesday. Hailing from the village of Mennadom in Kottayam district, Vinod Thomas’s passing has left a void in the hearts of those who admired his versatile contributions to the world of entertainment.