Supporters mourn star politician
Jayaram Jayalalithaa, the hugely popular south Indian actress who later turned to politics and became the highest elected official in the state of Tamil Nadu, died on Monday. She was 68. The Apollo Hospital in the southern Indian city of Chennai said Jayalalithaa died at 11:30 pm after undergoing surgery following a heart attack hours earlier. Thousands of Jayalalithaa’s supporters, wailing and crying, had gathered outside the hospital to pray for her recovery. Police were deployed across the state to ensure security out of fear that her death could trigger widespread violence and riots.