Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa died at 11:30 pm on Monday after being in a Chennai hospital for nearly three months. The AIADMK chief, who was 68, suffered a cardiac arrest on Sunday, hours after her party said doctors had declared her fully recovered.
Here are five rare pictures of Ms Jayalalithaa, one of the most powerful women politicians the country has seen.
Jayalalithaa studied in Chennai's Sacred Heart Matriculation Higher Secondary School.
Jayalalithaa was a bright student, received best outgoing student award in 1964.
The young Jayalalithaa, future filmstar and politician, excelled in dance.
Jayalalithaa attending a film function presided over by then Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu, K Kamaraj, along with co-stars.
Jayalalithaa with EV Ramaswamy, also called Thanthai Periyar, founder of Dravidar Kazhagam, which later split into two major power houses of Dravidian politics in Tamil Nadu - DMK and AIADMK.
Jayalalithaa with former Prime Minister Lal Bahadur Shastri at a function in Chennai.
Jayalalithaa with CN Annadurai, founder of DMK, awarding a medal in a cine function in Chennai.
Jayalalithaa seen with her mother Sandhya and co-stars Gemini Ganesan, Sivaji Ganesan, Savitri, Padmini and then Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu K Kamaraj.