Indian American friends of Subramaniam raise money on GoFundMe for the late IT professional’s family

Manikkalal Subramaniam
Manikkalal Subramaniam; image via Facebook

Subramaniam passed away earlier this month after drowning at Lake Washington following a heart attack. His funeral will take place on Monday, August 19, in Kayamkulam, Kerala.

Friends and well-wishers of the late Indian American Infosys employee Mannikalal Subramaniam Pillai, who died earlier this month after drowning at Lake Washington, have created a GoFundMe page to help his family go through these tough times.

In a little over a day since it was set up, the page was able to raise more than $41,000 in contributions from 638 people. The goal to raise $70,000 for the family.

Subramaniam is survived by his wife and a young son. He was the only breadwinner for the family.

Fondly called Manik by his friends and family, he suffered a cardiac arrest while swimming in the shallow waters of Lake Washington near Seattle. The family had gone there to watch the US Navy Blue Angels show.

As the father and son swam in shallow waters, the 7-year-old boy alerted that Subramaniam was missing. Even though he was found within 10 minutes and admitted to the Overlake Hospital in Bellevue, Seattle, in about 30 minutes, he passed away two days later at the hospital. The cause of death was irreversible brain damage due to drowning.

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The family lives in Seattle.

Subramaniam’s wife Arsha, and son returned to India last week. The family plans to have the funeral at Subramaniam’s hometown of Kayamkulam, Kerala, on Monday, August 19.

Subramaniam, who worked for Infosys as a technology architect, was working on a Boeing project. He and the family moved to Seattle in 2014 from Mysuru in the Indian state of Karnataka. Manik was the breadwinner for the family. He has a young son and his wife is expecting. His mom lives in Kerala, India.

The GoFundMe page was created by Subramaniam’s friends in Seattle. His family will be receiving all the proceeds from the fundraiser, according to the page.

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