One of India’s most popular politicians, Jayalalithaa Jayaraman, died on Monday night after a cardiac arrest, a statement from the hospital said, setting off an outpouring of grief among thousands of her supporters gathered outside. From Acting to Politics, she is one among few widely respected and followed public life figures in India.
Earlier in the day hospital had released press release to deny rumours of her death and instead had said that she had been kept at life support. It has now released press note breaking the news of her demise.
Popularly known as “Amma”, or “Mother”, in the Tamil language Jayalalithaa was the chief minister of Tamil Nadu state, home to major auto firms and IT off-shoring services. Starting her career from Acting, he went on to become one of the most influential and widely popular chief minister of Tamil Nadu. Her life had been full of high and low turns, yet for most part of her political life she retained great stature among her followers, widely regaining her name as “Amma”.
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She was 68. She had a cardiac arrest on Sunday night, the Apollo Hospital in Chennai said, her condition deteriorating sharply after her admission with a severe respiratory ailment in September. She took her last breath at 11:30 PM.