Renowned Malayalam stage and film actor Thilakan died at a private hospital here following a cardiac arrest in the wee hours today. Thilakan had been battling for life at the hospital where he was admitted on August 23 after he had suffered two heart attacks. He had been on and off ventilator since then and had an attack of pneumonia. The end came at 3.35 am today. He won the National Award for Best Supporting Actor in 1988.He had won state awards for best actor thrice. The actor was awarded the 'Padmashree' in 2009.