Malayalam actor and industrialist dies of COVID-19 in UAE

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Malayalam actor, film producer, and textile merchant SA Hassan (51) died of COVID-19 at Ras Al Khaimah in United Arab Emirates (UAE) on Monday, June 8.

A native of Aluva in Ernakulam district of Kerala, Hassan was hospitalized after suffering pneumonia. After his condition worsened, he was shifted to a ventilator at a private hospital in Ras Al Khaimah. On Monday Hassan succumbed to the deadly virus.

Hassan, who runs a textile business in his native town, had gone to UAE in connection with his business. Hassan is survived by his wife and three children. Hassan had co-produced a movie titled ‘Hello Dubaikkaran’ and acted in the movie too.

He is the second Kerala native to die in the Gulf on Monday. The other person who succumbed to the virus is P A Thajudeen, a native of Mallappally in Pathanamthitta district. According to Malayala Manorama, 50-year-old Thajudeen died at Jeddah in Saudi Arabia.

With the addition of two deaths on Monday, the number of people who have died due to the virus infection in the Gulf has jumped to 199. The death tally of Keralites in UAE has gone up to 93 following the death of Hassan.

Meanwhile, husband of Athira who fought for the repatriation of pregnant woman from abroad has died in Sharjah on Monday. It is not clear whether he was affected by the virus. Reports from Dubai said that 29-year-old Nithin Chandran, a native of Perambra in Kozhikode district, had died due to cardiac arrest.

Nithin, who was working as a software professional in an IT firm, was found dead in his house in Sharjah. His wife, who had filed a petition in the Supreme Court for the repatriation of pregnant woman, had arrived in Kerala under the Vandhe Bharath Mission last year.

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