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Tamil Nadu CM Jayalalithaa passes away; State declares 7-day mourning
Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Ms J Jayalalithaa was declared dead yesterday close to midnight. Jayalalithaa, 68, had served as the CM of Tamil Nadu for four terms and during these four terms, she was elected six times.
The State government has declared a 7-day mourning and a three-day holiday for  all schools and colleges.

On Monday night, Apollo Hospital, where Jayalalithaa was admitted, said in a statement, "It is with indescribable grief we announce the sad demise of our esteemed honourable chief minister of Tamil Nadu Puratchithalavi Amma at 11.30pm today."

"Unfortunately the honourable chief minister suffered a massive cardiac arrest on December, 4 2016, even while our intensivist was in her room. The honourable chief minister was immediately administered resuscitation (CPR) and provided the ECMO support within the hour. ECMO is the most advanced treatment currently available internationally. Every possible clinical attempt was made to sustain her revival. However, despite our best efforts, our honourable chief minister's underlying conditions rendered her unable to recover and she passed away at 11.30pm today," the statement added.

AIADMK legislators have elected finance minister O Panneerselvam as the successor.

On September 22, Jayalalithaa was hospitalised after she collapsed of respiratory distress and was diagnosed with sepsis, a life-threatening infection that spreads in the blood.

A team of expert doctors was treating her and provided intensive treatment and to an extent were successful in reviving her but on Sunday, around 4 pm, she suffered a cardiac arrest and was later declared dead.

Reports of her death had surfaced around 6 pm on a few local TV channels and soon hundreds of Jayalalithaa's followers reached the Apollo Hospitals.

Attempting to enter the hospital premises, they broke police barricades and threw stones and police had to resort to mild force to prevent the situation from going out of control. Soon, Apollo Hospitals put out a statement saying that the CM was still on life-support.

Jayalalithaa formally entered politics in 1982 after being inducted into AIADMK by her mentor MGR. After the death of MGR in 1987, she took charge of the party and became chief minister in 1991. Since then, she served as the chief minister for three terms and was elected for the fourth term in 2016.

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