Chennai, August 7: DMK Chief M. Karunanidhi breathed his last at the Kauvery hospital in Chennai on Tuesday. The DMK Chief was 94. According to a medical bulletin released by Kauvery Hospital on Tuesday evening, the time of death was 6.10 pm. The Kauvery Hospital in its statement said, "Dr.M Karunanidhi passed away at 6.10 pm. Despite the best efforts of our doctors and nurses to resuscitate him, he failed to respond".
"We profoundly mourn 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. On Monday, the hospital has said that his response to medical intervention over the next 24 hours would determine the prognosis.
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The health of the DMK Supremo had seen a significant decline in the last 24 hours due to multi-organ failure. Doctors stated that despite maximum medical support, he could not be resuscitated. Hundreds of DMK cadres were seen with tears rolling down their cheeks. Some were seen saying prayers for their beloved leader, while others feverishly chanted “Ezunthu Vaa Thalaiva (arise leader and come).”
Prime Minister Narendra Modi took to Twitter and expressed sadness over the DMK Chief's death. " Deeply saddened by passing away of Kalaignar Karunanidhi. He was one of the senior most leaders of India. We have lost a deep-rooted mass leader, prolific thinker, accomplished writer and a stalwart whose life was devoted to the welfare of the poor and the marginalised", Modi tweeted.
Karunanidhi, 94, was admitted in the Intensive Care Unit of Kauvery Hospital on July 28 and was undergoing a treatment since then. The hospital in a statement said he was brought there after his blood pressure had dropped.
Earlier in the day, hundreds of party supporters gathered outside the hospital in Chennai's Alwarpet, praying for the DMK Chief's recovery. The DMK cadres hailed the 'Thailavar's' fighting spirit. "Ezhundhu Vaa Thalaivaa" (Awake, our leader) and "Vaa, Vaa, Gopalapuram Polaam Vaa" (Come, Come, let's go to Gopalapuram) were among the slogans raised by the emotionally-charged crowd outside the hospital.