Jayalalithaa dies after 75 days of struggle

Television reports shows supporters of the filmstar-turned-politician wailing on the streets and beating their chest.

Jayalalithaa dies after 75 days of struggle

The Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J. Jayalalithaa commonly known as "Amma" died after she suffered a cardiac arrest, Apollo Hospital announced on Monday midnight. She was 68.

After the report was confirmed Local TV news channels from Tamil Nadu earlier aired news stating CM Jayalalithaa was dead, but hospital had denied all reports.

AIADMK workers and supporters threw stones at police and media after a Tamil TV channel said she had passed away before the official announcement. The irate workers generally made a mess of Greams Lane in which Apollo is situated. The AIADMK party headquarters had the flag at half-mast.

Apollo administration had earlier rubbished all news reports stating the CM of Tamil Nadu is no more.

Jayalalithaa’s health had remained critical throughout Monday. A team of specialist doctors has been working round the clock to help her recover from a cardiac arrest she reportedly suffered Sunday evening. Ever since, the chief minister had been put on life support systems including ventilator.

Tamil Nadu government has announced that the cremation of AIADMK chief and former Tamil Nadu CM Jayalalithaa will take place on Tuesday at 4 pm near the iconic Marina beach, at the memorial site of her mentor and former chief minister MG Ramachandran. Thousands of supporters are gathered at the Rajaji Hall to pay their tribute to Jayalalithaa.

Authorities has also declared a seven-day mourning period beginning Tuesday. Schools, colleges, offices and businesses were to be closed for the next three days, which have been designated a public holiday in the state. The Centre also announced a day’s national mourning.