Southern actor Daniel Balaji dies after suffering heart attack in Chennai at 48

Actor Daniel Balaji dies
Actor Daniel Balaji dies at 48. Photo courtesy: Screenshot grab from YouTube video

T.C. Balaji, better known as Daniel Balaji, died of a heart attack in Chennai last night. He was 48.

He passed away at a private hospital in the city.

The actor, renowned for his diverse talents and captivating on-screen charisma, was hospitalized in Chennai’s Kottivakam due to chest pain, when he passed away, reported The New Indian Express.

The actor’s body will be laid to rest at his residence in Purasaiwalkam on Saturday.


Actress Ramya Subramanian posted on X: “My deepest condolences on the loss of this amazing talent. Sending thoughts of comfort and strength during this difficult time to the family.”

Director Mohan Raja said: “Such a Sad news. He Was an inspiration for me to join film institute. A very good friend. Miss working with him. May his soul rest in peace.”

About Daniel Balaji

Balaji began his film career as a unit production manager on the sets of Kamal Haasan’s unreleased Marudhanayagam.

Balaji’s first role was in the television serial Chithi, where he played a character named Daniel.

His first film in Tamil was April Maadhathil, followed by a role in Kaadhal Kondein.

His first major role was in Kaakha Kaakha as a police officer alongside Suriya, who played the leading role.

Balaji followed this up with another major role in Menon’s next film, that of the antagonist Amudhan in the blockbuster film Vettaiyaadu Vilaiyaadu.

Balaji made his debut in Malayalam cinema through Black. Later, he was cast as the villain in Bhagavan (opposite Mohanlal) and Daddy Cool (opposite Mammootty).