National Award winning lyricist Na Muthukumar died in Chennai on Sunday at the age of 41. He was suffering from jaundice. “He passed away at his residence. He was suffering from high fever and succumbed to jaundice,” the source told media.
When he began his career, Muthukumar wanted to be a director. It was with the 2000 release Tamil film Veera Nadai that he started his journey as a lyricist. Some of his other popular songs include Suttum Vizhi, Devathaiyai Kandaen, Mun Andhi and Venillave.
In a career, lasted over a decade, he wrote around 1,000 songs. He holds a special record for penning 103 songs in 2012. Two of his songs Aanandha Yazhai Meetugiraai (from Thanga Meengal) and Azhage Azhage (from Saivam) made him worthy of National Awards.
Tributes from the South film industry are pouring in, along with messages from his fans. Tamannaah Bhatia, the noted actress from South India tweeted, "U will be missed!!! RIP to this great soul, my prayers with his family #Namuthukumar. Just can't believe this."
Sony Music South's official account wrote in a tweet, "We are deeply saddened by the loss of #NaMuthukumar. Our heartfelt condolences to his family. RIP Na Muthukumar."
Composers GV Prakash, who worked in collaboration with Muthukumar tweeted, “Can’t believe this. Na Muthukumar is no more... He’s written more than 200 songs in my films. A huge loss. May god give strength to his family.”