Former Tamil Nadu Chief Minister and Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam patriarch M. Karunanidhi, who played a stellar role in state politics for decades and whose party played an influential role in national politics, passed away here today due to age-related problems.
He was 94.
"With deep anguish, we announce the demise of our beloved Kaiaignar Dr. M. Karunanidhi on 07.08.2018 at 06.10 PM. Despite the best possible efforts by our team of doctors and nurses to rescuscitate him, he failed to respond," a statement from Kauvery Hospital, where he was admitted on July 28, said.
""We profoundly mourn the loss of one of the tallest leaders of India and share the grief of family members and fellow Tamilians worldwide," the statement by Dr. Aravindan Selvaraj, Executive Director of the hospital, said.
A five-time Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu, Karunanidhi was in a critical state throughout his 11-day stay in hospital and his health deteriorated further today. The hospital had earlier in the day described his condition as "extremely critical and unstable".
Thousands of DMK supporters, men and women, stood vigil outside the hospital during the past few days, hoping against hope that their leader would recover.
"Ezhundhu Vaa Thalaivaa" (Awake, our leader) and "Vaa, Vaa, Gopalapuram Polaam Vaa" (Come, Come, let's go to Gopalapuram) were some of the slogans they raised, in a reference to the locality where the former Chief Minister lived.
Ahead of the announcement, the Tamil Nadu police stepped up security arrangements in Chennai and all other parts of the state.
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