Crowds Gather To Pay Last Respects To Karunanidhi, Tamil Nadu Govt Declares 7 Day Mourning

| August 8 , 2018 , 08:32 IST

The mortal remains of former Tamil Nadu Chief Minister and DMK supremo M Karunanidhi were brought to the Rajaji Hall in Chennai's Anna Sala on Wednesday morning to allow the public to pay homage to the famous leader who passed away on Tuesday at age 94 due to multiple organ failure.

The Tamil Nadu government has declared a public holiday for Wednesday, and a 7-day mourning period. Schools and colleges across the state would remain closed on Wednesday.

Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Edappadi K. Palaniswami, Deputy Chief Minister O Panneerselvam, former AIADMK leader T. T. V. Dhinakaran and Actor-turned-politician Rajinikanth paid their homage to Karunanidhi at the Rajaji Hall.

One of the most famous political leaders of Tamil Nadu, Karunanidhi, also known as Kalaignar, has been a 5-time chief minister and famous for never losing an election. His son, M K Stalin has been acting chief of the DMK for the past few years due to Karunanidhi's ill health.

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The death was announced by Chennai's Kauvery Hospital where Karunanidhi had been admitted since July 28.

"With deep anguish, we announce the demise of our beloved Kalaignar M. Karunanidhi at 6.10 p.m.," said the hospital statement.

"Despite the best possible efforts by a team of doctors and nurses to resuscitate him, he failed to respond. We profoundly mourned the loss of one of the tallest leaders of India and we share the grief of family members and fellow Tamilians worldwide," the statement added.

Large crowds had gathered outside the Kauvery hospital since reports emerged that Karunanidhi's health was in decline.