Indian Actress-Turned-Politician Jayalalithaa Dies At 68

Indian Actress-Turned-Politician Jayalalithaa Dies At 68

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Indian leader, state chief minister Jayalalithaa dies Monday night leaving a huge void in her AIADMK party. She was 68.

Born in a Tamil Brahmin Iyengar family in Mandya district in Karnataka in 1948, Jayalalithaa Jayaraman, commonly referred as Puratchi Thalavi and Amma, suffered a cardiac arrest Sunday evening. She was admitted to Apollo Hospital in Tamil Nadu capital city Chennai.

Announcing her death the press release of Apollo Hospitals read, “It is with indescribable grief, we announce the sad demise of our esteemed honourable chief minister of Tamil Nadu at 11:30 pm (local time) today (December 5).”

Before Sunday she was working from hospital and on October 29 signed her party’s election affidavits too with her thumb print and not with her signature as her right hand was swollen and inflamed.

She started acting for films at a very early age of 15. Her debut was in Kannada language with blockbuster movie Chinnada Gombe. She was quick enough to become a popular name in Tamil, Kannada and Telugu film industries.

She joined the AIADMK political party in 1982 and left her acting career completely.

She was the 11th, 14th, 16th, 18th, and 19th Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu.