Tamil Nadu Chief Minister passed away at the Apollo hospital. She was 68. She had suffered a cardiac arrest on Sunday following which her condition remained extremely critical. She was in hospital for the over 70 days.
Minutes after the television channels played out the news chaos and confusion broke out in front of the hospital. Several of her supporters even resorted to violence.
The hospital said that it was with grief that they announce the demise of their honourable CM, J Jayalalithaa.
"It is with indescribable grief, we announce the sad demise of our esteemed Honourable Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu, Puratchi Thalaivi Amma at 11.30pm today (5.12.2016)," the Apollo Hospitals statement read.
"Unfortunately, the Honourable Chief Minister suffered a massive cardiac arrest on the evening of 4th December 2016, even while our intensivist was in her room. The Honourable Chief Minister was immediately administered resuscitation (CPR), and provided ECMO support within the hour. ECMO is the most advanced treatment currently available internationally. Every possible clinical attempt was made to sustain her revival. However, despite our best efforts the Honourable Chief Minister's underlying conditions rendered her unable to recover and she passed away at 11.30pm today," the statement added.
Dr Richard Beale had also said that Jayalalithaa was very critical and best possible care was being offered to her.
The police had a tough time in controlling the huge crowds which have been outside the hospital since the news of their leader started doing the rounds. Security across Tamil Nadu and the neighbouring states has been stepped up. Tamil Nadu which goes into mourning will remain on high alert.