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M Karunanidhi, DMK chief and former Tamil Nadu CM, dies at 94 in Chennai hospital

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M Karunanidhi, DMK president and former Tamil Nadu chief minister, died at a private hospital in Chennai on Tuesday after prolonged illness. He was 94.

The Kauvery Hospital said Karunanidhi died at 6.10pm. “Despite the best possible efforts by our team of doctors and nurses to resucitate him, he failed to respond,” said the hospital in a statement, expressing “deep anguish”. Karunanidhi was shifted to Kauvery Hospital on July 28 after being treated at his home in Chennai’s Gopalapuram for fever and urinary tract infection.

MK Stalin, Karunanidhi’s political heir and DMK working president, appealed to party workers to maintain peace as he and his siblings visited the hospital every day. Hundreds of policemen guarded the hospital and the road leading to Gopalapuram, sometimes caning crowds or appealing them to disperse.

Stalin on August 1 had said 21 DMK workers had died “unable to bear the shock of” Karunanidhi’s illness. A five-term chief minister of Tamil Nadu, Karunanidhi was a multi-faceted personality – a top politician, a star scriptwriter for Tamil movies, author and an impressive orator.

He is survived by sons Stalin, MK Alagiri, Muthu, Tamilarasu and daughters Kanimozhi and Selvi.

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