J Jayalalithaa, Tamil Nadu Chief Minister, passed away at Chennai’s Apollo Hospital on Monday night.
One of the country’s powerful politicians, Jayalalitha was admitted since September 22.
The 68-year-old leader died at 11.30 pm on Monday, a day after she had a massive cardiac arrest, the hospital said in a statement.
A seven-day mourning has been declared in Tamil Nadu. Schools and colleges will be closed for three days.
Jayalalithaa’s body was first taken to her Poes Garden residence from Apollo Hospital, and from there was moved to Chennai’s Rajaji Hall, draped in the national flag.
Funeral will be held today evening after 4pm.