Ilaiyaraaja lost his best friend and singer SP Balasubrahmanyam last year in September and posted a video in which he was moved to tears. A few months after SPB's death, Tamil actor Vivekh passed away on April 17 early morning due to a massive heart attack. Ilaiyaraaja shared a great camaraderie with Vivekh and he was devastated to to the actor's untimely passing away. Almost 12 hours after the death of Vivekh, Ilaiyaraaja shared a video in which he recollected his collaboration with actor Vivekh. He said that he is still not able to come to terms with the loss of his friend Vivekh.
In the video, he said, "Vivekh had immense respect, love and affection for me. Right from his days in American College in Madurai, he had been my fan. He recently met and shared what he was doing. Vivekh would always share things about his life. I would encourage him in his endeavours and share some tips. He recently came to the studio and sought permission for something. I don’t know if I would ever see a fan that had so much affection for me. And it’s not only him; his entire family had immense love and respect for me. His demise has made has made all of us sad and it’s an irreparable loss to his family. I pray they have strength to bear the loss and come out of the tragedy.”