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MADURAI: Tragedy struck the family of Madurai district topper S. Parthasarathy (1,179 marks) whose father died of heart attack within two hours of the Plus Two results on Friday.

“My father was expecting good marks from me…but he is not here to see my marks. I scored good marks but lost my father,” said the student who was weeping inconsolably at a private hospital . A student of C.E.O.A. Matriculation Higher Secondary School here, Parthasarathy scored centum in mathematics, 199 marks in both chemistry and computer science and 195 marks in physics. His father was rushed to a hospital in the morning and he died around noon. “It is a very sad thing to have happened on a happy occasion. He was a systematic student and we did expect good marks from him,” said school Principal Mary Ransom Jose.

The topper, who wants to study EEE, could not attend the felicitation function arranged by District Collector C. Kamaraj to congratulate the toppers in the district. His father Sathiamurthy (58) was working as senior assistant at the State transport corporation depot in Karaikudi. Hospital authorities said that the father suffered first heart attack and when he was brought to hospital, and his pulse rate was drastically down. The Collector told the gathering at the Plus Two toppers' felicitation function that he was shocked on hearing the news. “On behalf of the district administration, I express the condolences. I also congratulate the student for his good marks,” said Mr. Kamaraj.

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