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The Central government on Tuesday declared a one-day national mourning for former Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa after she passed away on Monday night. Jayalalithaa, who was admitted in Apollo hospital of Chennai since 75 days, suffered a cardiac arrest on Sunday evening after which her health condition remained very critical.
WATCH | Tamil Nadu CM J Jayalalithaa Passes Away After Suffering Cardiac Arrest
The hospital released a statement at 11:30 pm on Monday night and declared her dead. Her supporters, who had started gathering outside the hospital since the news of cardiac arrest surfaced, kept an all-round vigil and went into mourning after the announcement was made.
A seven-day state mourning has already been declared by Tamil Nadu government. Schools and Colleges will remain closed for three days and Tuesday has been declared as a public holiday in the state.
Earlier on Monday, there was a minor scuffle between the Jayalalithaa supporters and police after some local media channels briefly reported that the leader had died. The hospital immediately released a statement at 5:50 pm making it clear that she was still being treated.
WATCH | J.Jayalalithaa’s Life Journey
However, as the statement from Apollo hospitals’ MD and other leaders came out, it became clear that she was in a very critical state and the inevitable could be expected at any time.