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Malayalam actor Augustine passes away

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Kozhikode: Veteran Malayalam actor and producer Augustine passed away at a private hospital here on Thursday morning. He was 56.

The actor was undergoing treatment at the hospital for liver-related illness.

He is survived by wife Hansamma and two daughters, one of whom is actress Ann Augustine.

His funeral will be held Friday.

Beginning his acting career through theatre, Augustine entered the Malayalam film industry in the mid eighties and since then he acted in more than 100 films. The actor's last film was director Joy Mathew's Shutter.

Notable among his films were "Commissioner", "Devasuram", "Ekalavyan", "Aaran Thampuran", "Kazhcha" and "Katha Paryumbol".

Augustine suffered a stroke in 2010 and since then even though not fully fit, he acted in a few films.

Prominent director Renjith kept him company all through his career and was seen in every film of his.

"He did not become an actor overnight. Instead he made use of small roles that came his way and peaked...he had extremely talented film professionals as his close friends," said Innocent, president of AMMA.

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