Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalithaa died at the age of 68 on Monday evening after suffering a cardiac arrest last week, according to Tamil TV Channels. On Sunday, Tamil Nadu was on alert after Jayalalithaa, under treatment since September 22 at the Apollo Hospitals in Chennai, suffered a cardiac arrest Sunday evening, according to a bulletin issued by the hospital.
At 5.45 pm, alerts were sent to all Tamil Nadu ministers and Governor C Vidyasagar Rao. “Five ministers, including Finance Minister O Panneerselvam, were already in Chennai. All other ministers who had gone to the districts over the weekend also started returning to Chennai. Governor Rao, who was attending the Navy Day function in Mumbai, boarded a flight to Chennai,” an officer said.