Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalitha dies at 68

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Chennai:  J Jayalalitha, the Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu state, has died in a Chennai hospital, nearly three months after she was admitted there. She was 68. Jayalalitha breathed her last at 11.30pm, hospital said.

Apollo Hospitals, where she was undergoing treatment, said in a statement: “It is with indescribable grief, we announce the sad demise of our esteemed Honourable Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu, Puratchi Thalaivi Amma at 11.30 p.m. today (Sunday).”

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Police were deployed in large numbers outside Apollo Hospitals and also at her residence at Poes Garden.

The 68-year-old leader suffered the cardiac arrest hours after AIADMK said that Jayalalithaa will return home “soon” as an AIIMS expert team confirmed she has completely recovered after over two months of hospitalisation.

Jayalalitha was hospitalised on September 22 after she complained of fever and dehydration. The hospital, which had been issuing bulletins on her health status, had later said she was being treated for infection with respiratory support, among others. – http://gulfnews.com/

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