One of Tamil Nadu's tallest leaders, DMK patriarch and five-time chief minister M Karunanidhi died this evening at a hospital in Chennai after spending 11 days in intensive care. The Kauvery Hospital, where the 94-year-old leader was admitted, said in a statement: "Despite the best possible efforts by our team of doctors and nurses to resuscitate him, he failed to respond". Karunanidhi was admitted to the hospital on July 28 after developing a urinary tract infection. His health deteriorated over days and the hospital on Monday said his condition was "critical".
Condolences and tributes started pouring in soon after the death of Karunanidhi.
"India and particularly Tamil Nadu will miss him immensely," the post on microblogging site read.
Saddened to hear about the death of M Karunanidhi. He has left a rich heritage behind
President Ram Nath Kovind
Loved by the Tamilian people, Kalaignar strode the stage of Tamil politics, like a colossus, for over 6 decades. In his passing, India has lost a great son.
Congress President Rahul Gandhi
Today India lost one of its greatest sons. And Tamil Nadu lost its father figure,
West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee
Today is a black day in my life, one which I can never forget as I lost my Kalaignar. I pray for his soul
Actor, politician Rajinikanth
Deeply saddened at the passing away of Kalaignar M Karunanidhi. 60 years a legislator, five-times CM and a pillar of many coalitions at the Centre, he influenced his State's and the National politics like few others. My deepest condolences to his family and admirers. He will be missed deeply.
I express my deepest condolences and pray to the Almighty to give strength to Karunanidhi ji's family and followers in this hour of grief to bear the profound loss. Om Shanti Shanti Shanti.
BJP National President Amit Shah
Feel very sad to hear about the demise of this great leader. May his soul rest in peace. Its a great loss to the nation
Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal