Karunanidhi funeral LIVE UPDATES: Madras HC resumes hearing DMK plea for memorial on Marina beach

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DMK Patriarch M Karunanidhi passed away after battling illness in Kauvery hospital. (Express photo)

“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.

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