DMK chief Karunanidhi passes away

DMK president and the longest surviving Indian political leader M Karunanidhi passed away on Monday evening at the age of 94 in Chennai’s Kauvery Hospital. In a press release Kauvery Hospital authorities declared that “despite the best possible efforts by our team of doctors and nurses to resuscitate him, he failed to respond

Soon after the news of a decline in Karunanidhi’s condition spread early in the day, hundreds of his supporters had gathered outside Kauvery Hospital and were on an overnight vigil at the facility in downtown Alwarpet.

Earlier in the day, Kalaignar’s health deteriorated, became highly critical and the hospital said, “Despite the maximum medical support, his vital organ functions continue to deteriorate. His condition is extremely critical and unstable.”

Earlier in the afternoon, the hospital authorities said his health condition was `highly critical and failing to respond to treatment’. His family members earlier in the day met Chief Minister and discuss with funeral arrangements. They beleived to be suggested him to give all official honours on par with Jayalalithaa, who ded 20 months ago.

Karunanidhi had been admitted to the intensive care unit of the hospital on July 28 following a dip in blood pressure, which stabilised following medical intervention. he hospital had, however, said on July 31 that an extended stay could be necessary due to age-related overall decline in his general health.

A host of dignitaries and political leaders, including President Ram Nath Kovind Vice President Venkaiah Naidu and Congress chief Rahul Gandhi have visited the hospital over the last few days to inquire about the condition of the DMK veteran.

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