Popular Carnatic vocalist Nithyasree’s husband V. Mahadevan committed suicide by jumping into the Adyar river from the Kotturpuram bridge in Chennai on Thursday afternoon. Firemen fished out his body after a 30-minute operation. Around 12.20 p.m., Mahadevan (45) drove his Honda City with driver Suresh in the passenger seat. While heading towards Kotturpuram, he suddenly stopped the car on the bridge, ran out and jumped into the river, despite Suresh trying to stop him, police sources said.The driver alerted Mahadevan’s family members and Ms. Nithyashree soon reached the spot with a relative on a two-wheeler and saw her husband’s body floating in the river, the sources said.

The body was taken to a private hospital and later sent to the Government Royapettah Hospital for a post-mortem examination. It was handed over to the family in the evening.

Soon, rumours were afloat about Ms. Nithyasree’s health. Her family members, however, said she was fine but in immense grief.

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