Indians mourn as iconic actress turned politician Jayalalithaa dies

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The death of iconic politician Jayalalithaa Jayaram late last night has left millions of her supporters struggling to hold tears. 

Such was the adoration that Jayalalithaa, more popularly referred as Amma, or mother, instilled that saw her elected as the Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu five times. 

Jayalalithaa died at 11.30 p.m. late Monday after she failed to recover from cardiac arrest. She was recovering from a monthlong illness in the hospital and the status of her health development was kept confidential until the very end. She was 68 years old.

“Jayalalithaa ji’s connect with citizens, concern for welfare of the poor, the women and marginalised will always be a source of inspiration,” India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi tweeted after learning the news.  Read more…

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