Coimbatore: Despite suffering from a kidney problem, an ailing fan of superstar Rajinikanth was determined to see his favourite star’s latest release ‘Lingaa’ and reportedly escaped from hospital to watch it. However, after the show he was found dead in his seat with the intravenous drip-tube intact, police said.
56-year-old Rajendran, hailing from Chettipalayam in the city, was reportedly undergoing treatment for a kidney problem at the Government Hospital and was on an intravenous drip for the last few days, police said.
Being an ardent Rajinikanth fan, he wanted to watch the movie ‘Lingaa’, but strict vigil at the hospital prevented his movement.
However, he made up his mind to watch the late night show and reportedly managed to give the slip to the hospital staff and got a ticket at a theatre near the Railway Station, about a kilometre from the hospital and occupied the seat, despite having an intravenous drip.
Media reported that he had been suffering from kidney cancer. The report also quoted the manager of the theatre as saying that he had seen the ailing Rajendran having popcorn and a soft drink and the Rajinikanth fan seemed to be “enjoying himself”.
After the movie, the theatre staff found him dead lying on the seat. Police recovered the body and sent it to the hospital. Further investigations are on, they said.
When contacted, an hospital staff said authorities were verifying the records to confirm whether the deceased was a patient there.