Chennai’s Kauvery Hospital said has confirmed that Dr M Karunanidhi, the leader of the Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK) party, died at 6:10 pm.
“With deep anguish, we announce the demise of our beloved Kalaignar Dr M Karunanidhi on August 07, 2018 at 6:10 pm.
“Despite our best possible efforts by our team of doctors and nurses to resuscitate him, he failed to respond. We profoundly mourn the loss of one of the tallest leaders of India and we share the grief of family members and fellow Tamilians worldwide,” the hospital said.
He was in a critical and unstable condition since the past few days.
Condolences pour in for the leader of the Dravidian movement.
Extremely sad to learn of the passing of Thiru M. Karunanidhi. A doyen of our public life, as a contributor to the development of Tamil Nadu and of India he has few peers. Our country is poorer today. My condolences to his family and millions of well-wishers #PresidentKovind
— President of India (@rashtrapatibhvn) August 7, 2018
Deeply saddened by the passing away of Kalaignar Karunanidhi. He was one of the senior most leaders of India.
We have lost a deep-rooted mass leader, prolific thinker, accomplished writer and a stalwart whose life was devoted to the welfare of the poor and the marginalised. pic.twitter.com/jOZ3BOIZMj
— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) August 7, 2018
I am grieved by the passing away of Shri M. Karunanidhi, one of the leading and longstanding politicians of our country who left a mark of his own during his long public life of about 80 years including 56 years as Member of the Tamil Nadu Legislative Assembly. #Karunanithi pic.twitter.com/a8rZsW9fDz
— VicePresidentOfIndia (@VPSecretariat) August 7, 2018
Saddened to know about the demise of DMK President and former CM of Tamilnadu M. Karunanidhi. He will be always remembered as a leader of masses in the Indian political realm. My heartfelt condolences with his family. May his soul rest in peace.
— Sharad Pawar (@PawarSpeaks) August 7, 2018
West Bengal Chief Minister who was heading to Tamil Nadu after receiving news of his worsened condition tweeted:
Today India lost one of its greatest sons. And Tamil Nadu lost its father figure. Farewell @Kalaignar89. My deepest condolences to the people of Tamil Nadu, @arivalayam, @mkstalin, @KanimozhiDMK and family. India mourns your loss
— Mamata Banerjee (@MamataOfficial) August 7, 2018
“Today is a black day in my life, one which I can never forget as I lost my Kalaignar. I pray for his soul,” Rajinikanth on the demise of Karunanidhi
Hundreds of supporters gathered outside the hospital as the news of the DMK patriarch becoming critical spread in the evening, with all of them praying for his recovery. The state DGP had ordered tightening of security across Tamil Nadu.