She was 68.
She was readmitted to the critical care unit (CCU) of Apollo Hospital as she suffered a cardiac arrest on Sunday evening shortly after the party announced that she had been given a clean bill of health by a team of medical specialists.
As news of her demise spread, hundreds of followers gathered around the hospital amid reports of spontaneous demonstrations across the state. Many loyal supporters of her party, AIADMK, wept at the passing away of their “Amma” or mother, as she was endearingly called.
The CM was admitted to Apollo hospital late on September 22 with complaints of fever and dehydration.
Jayalalithaa had been unwell for some time now, but the exact nature of her medical condition remained shrouded in mystery until she suffered the fatal cardiac arrest.
According to an affidavit in 2014, she suffered from hypertension, cellulitis, and diabetes.
A source at Apollo hospital said the AIADMK chief was on ventilator support during her final days.
Jayalalithaa’s death comes months after she won an unprecedented sixth term in the assembly polls, defeating rival M Karunanidhi’s DMK.
Her demise is expected to leave her party in chaos as she has designated no clear successor and polls are usually won on the back of her personal popularity.