Indian actress-turned-politician Jayalalitha Jayaram, 68, has died after a prolonged illness, hospital authorities declared the news late night on Monday, December, 5. Jayalalitha's last rites will be held today with seven days mourning period. Her body has been taken to her residence at Poes garden.
A press release issued by Chennai's Apollo Hospital, stated, "It is with indescribable grief, we announce the sad demise of our esteemed honourable chief minister of Tamil Nadu... at 11:30pm (local time) today (December 5)."
The Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa passed away late on Monday evening after failing to recover from a cardiac arrest she suffered on Sunday, December 4.
Given the huge fan following of Jayalalitha, security outside Apollo Hospitals was heightened and at least 6,000 police personnel were deployed across the capital to ensure that law and order is not disturbed.
The scene outside Apollo and AIADMK headquarters in Royapettah was quite dramatic, with Amma's (Jayalalitha's followers lovingly called her) fans gathering and sloganeering. The party flag was also seen flying at half mast but was hoisted again after the scuffle between AIADMK supporters and police.
Meanwhile, the entire political arena has paid tribute to the Iron Lady of Tamil Nadu. Indian PM Narendra Modi expressed his sadness over her death, saying that her "demise has left a huge void in Indian politics".
Along with politicians, film stars, and other celebrities - common people from across the world are taking it to Twitter to pay tribute to one of the greatest Indian leaders - Jayalalitha.
Here are some of the top tweets on #Jayalalitha's death: