CHENNAI: Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK)'s longest-serving chief and five-time Tamil Nadu chief minister Muthuvel Karunanidhi, 94, passed away after battling illness at the Kauvery hospital in Chennai on Tuesday.
With Kauvery Hospital's medical bulletin released at 4:30 pm on Tuesday saying that the DMK chief's condition was "extremely critical", thousands of party cardre gathered around the hospital, adding to the already large numbers of people present there. "There has been significant decline in the clinical condition of Kalaignar Dr M Karunanidhi over the last few hours. Despite maximum medical support, his vital organ functions continue to deteriorate. His condition is extremely critical and unstable," the medical update at 4:30 pm said.