“With deep anguish, we announce the demise of our beloved Kalaignar Dr M Karunanidhi…at 6.10 pm. Despite the best possible efforts by our team of doctors and nurses to resuscitate him, he failed to respond,” said a statement issued by Dr Aravindan Selvaraj, executive director, Kauvery Hospital, Chennai.
In Chennai, the Tamil Nadu government has announced a seven-day mourning and declared a holiday Wednesday. The central government, meanwhile, has announced a day of national mourning and cancelled meetings of key cabinet committees slated for 1 pm. Karunanidhi will be accorded a state funeral.