A little over a day after J Jayalalithaa breathed her last, former Tamil Nadu Chief Minister’s long time confidante Cho Ramaswamy died in Chennai, early Wednesday morning. A veteran journalist, former Rajya Sabha member and political commentator, the 82-year-old was admitted to the Apollo hospital in the city last week and was shifted to the ICU on Saturday after complains of chest pain. On Wednesday morning, Cho suffered a heart attack he couldn’t recover from.
Cho, who was considered a trusted advisor and close friend to Jayalalithaa, had reportedly been battling health complications for a while now. In August last year, a video surfaced that showed Jayalaithaa visiting an unwell Cho in the hospital, and reassuring him that he would get well soon.
He is survived by wife, son and daughter. Ramaswamy was founder editor of Thuqlaq magazine and was known as a satirist. He had acted in many movies and featured with top actors like Rajinikanth and Kamal Haasan.