Tamil Nadu Chief Minister and AIADMK’s undisputed leader Jayaraman Jayalalitha passed away in Chennai’s Apollo Hospital late on Monday night. She was 68.After a day of emotional roller-coaster for her millions of followers, the doctors declared her dead of the cardiac arrest she had suffered late on Sunday evening. Her death was announced prematurely by Jaya TV, her party’s television wing, which spread like wildfire as soon as AIADMK workers lowered the flag at the party headquarters to half-mast.
Tempers ran high as her supporters began clashing with police on the road leading to the hospital. This was swiftly rejected as rumour by the Apollo Hospital, claiming she was ‘very critical’ but under observation.
Jayalalitha or Amma as she was fondly called was admitted to the Apollo Hospital on September 22 after she complained of fever. Her condition had deteriorated quickly and she was put on respiratory support. Her lungs were severely compromised because of pneumonia.
An expert team of doctors from Delhi-based All India Institute of Medical Sciences and later renowned doctor from London, Robert Beale, were brought in treat her. Almost 20 days later, the hospital said that Jayalalithaa would not be able to resume her official duties soon enough.