Sup­port­ers mourn star politi­cian

China Daily (Hong Kong) - - WORLD -

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.

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