Chief Minister J.Jayalalithaa passes away; Tamil Nadu mourns

Tamil Nadu chief minister J Jayalalithaa passes away after suffering a heart attack

Chief Minister J.Jayalalithaa passes away; Tamil Nadu mourns

An official statement from the Apollo administration states that Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J. Jayalalithaa has died after she suffered a cardiac arrest. She was 68. O Paneerselvam is expected to lead the party. Local TV news channels from Tamil Nadu earlier ran news stating CM Jayalalithaa was dead, but hospital denied all reports.

AIADMK workers threw stones at police and media after a Tamil TV channel said she had passed on. 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.

Governor Ch Vidyasagar Rao landed yesterday from Mumbai and took charge.

O Paneerselvam, who had held the office in 2001 and 2014, was sworn in as the new Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu at a simple function held at Raj Bhavan.

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.

Thousands of followers gathered outside the Apollo hospital since Sunday evening. Supporters were seen weeping inconsolably and praying for their “Amma” or mother, as she was endearingly known.

After news came in that Home Minister Rajnath Singh called Tamil Nadu Governor Ch Vidyasagar Rao to enquire about the health of Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa, sources revealed a big news was to be revealed at around 11 pm tonight. first reported that the news of Jayalalithaa's death could be announced at around 11pm on Monday night. The chief minister was admitted to Apollo hospital late on September 22 with complaints of fever and dehydration.