Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Jayalalithaa is dead

He added he would always cherish the occasions when "I had the opportunity to interact with Jayalalithaaji".

The reclusive leader has run her party with an iron hand with no clear line of succession to govern the state.

Jayalalithaa was introduced to politics by her cinema screen partner, M G Ramachandran, another actor-turned politician, and went on to serve as chief minister of Tamil Nadu five times.

While Jayalalithaa died at Apollo Hospital on Monday night, people started fearing riots in Tamil Nadu and attacks on the hospital.

December 5 (ANI): Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Jayaraman Jayalalithaa, popularly addressed as "Amma" by her supporters and party cadres, died of cardiac arrest at 11.30 p.m.at the Apollo Hospitals here on Monday evening after a prolonged illness.

"I humbly urge the people of Tamil Nadu and AIADMK to face this big loss with courage and greatness". Jayalalithaa had been in intensive care since September 22, after she complained of fever, dehydration and congestion. A heavy deployment of the police was done to prevent any tension.

Social media has been abuzz with the death of the Tamil Nadu CM and the situation across the state. The Chief Minister's convoy has been put on standby and there was a huge deployment of police on the roads leading to Poes Garden. "But her majestic charisma and determination will continue to live and inspire many women in our country". She was on life support for both her heart and lungs earlier in the day. My prayers go out to her and also her friends, fans, well wishers and supporters.

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The Tamil Nadu government declared a seven-day mourning period beginning Tuesday.

Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal also took to Twitter to condole the death of the AIADMK leader.

In fact very few politicians in contemporary Indian politics of last three decades, particularly from north India can match the level of popularity enjoyed by the 68 yrs old ADMK leader.

People spilling through the road, trying to get as close as possible to Amma, making it hard for the ambulance to pass.

O.P. Panneerselvam, a cabinet colleague, has stood in for Jayalalithaa in the past, but he has repeatedly made it clear he was not replacing her.

Rao briefed Singh about the health condition of the Chief Minister and conveyed that doctors attending to her were taking all necessary steps, sources said, adding that the Governor told the Home Minister that he was rushing to Chennai to personally monitor the situation.

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