Tamil Nadu’s iconic Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa passed away at 11.30 pm on Monday at Apollo Hospitals in Chennai where she had been admitted on September 22. She suffered a cardiac arrest and her death was confirmed by her party, the AIADMK and the hospital management. Jayalalithaa’s body was first taken to her residence in Poes Garden past midnight, and then taken to Rajaji hall for the public to pay their last respects. Her funeral is to take place on Tuesday at 4.30 pm at Marina Beach.
As a mark of respect to the former chief minister, the Tamil Nadu government declared December 6 as a public holiday under the Negotiable Instruments Act.
Senior AIADMK MLA O Panneerselvam was sworn in as new chief minister of the state by Governor Vidyasagar Rao at an event in Raj Bhawan about an hour past midnight. The TN government has declared seven days of mourning, with education institutions set to be closed for three days.
Here are some videos of the Tamil Nadu icon.
Jayalalithaa will be accorded a state funeral by the central government and flags are going to be flown at half-mast. PM Modi arrived in Chennai to pay his tributes to the former chief minister.
Jayalalithaa will be laid to rest next to the MGR memorial after her funeral on Marina beach next to her mentor, MG Ramachandra.
The press release from Apollo Hospitals stated, “We have worked tirelessly, combining the might of the clinical and technological resources at our command with the spirit of healing and compassion that inspires us. We Join the nation and the people of the Tamil Nadu in the deep mourning her loss.”
A sea of people thronged Rajaji Hall on Tuesday to pay their respects to AIADMK supremo and former Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Jayalalithaa, whose body lay in state in Chennai where normal life virtually came to a grinding halt.
The press release from Apollo Hospital said that she was admitted on 22 September, 2016 with complaints of fever and dehydration and underlying co-morbidities and was responding well to the multi-disciplinary care in the CCU and was subsequently recovered substantially to being able to take food orally. After which, she was shifted from advance CCU to High Dependency Unit, where her health and vitals were improving under close monitoring by specialists. Jayalalithaa however suffered a major cardiac arrest on 4 December, 2016 in the hospital even while the intensivist (critical care doctor) was in her room. She was immediately administered resuscitation, and provided ECMO support (the most advanced treatment currently available internationally) within the hour.
As tributes poured in from far and wide after the actress-turned-politicians’s death last night, the body of Jayalalithaa, which was draped in her favourite green colour saree, was taken from her Poes Garden residence early this morning to Rajaji Hall where tens of thousands of people queued up to have a last glimpse of their ‘Puratchi Thalaivi Amma’ (Revolutionary Leader Amma).