Former Tamil Nadu Chief Minister M Karunanidhi died at the age of 94 in Chennai. The doctors at the Kauvery Hospital declared him dead at 6.10 pm on Tuesday, August 7.
M Karunanidhi was battling for his life for over 10 days due to age-related ailments. "Despite the best efforts by our team of doctors and nurses to resuscitate him, he failed to respond," a release from the hospital stated.
The DMK leader entered politics at the age of 14 and was described as a champion of social equality and pro-poor social welfare programmes. His death has come as an unbearable loss to Indian politics and especially for Tamil Nadu which is yet to recover from the loss of another beloved politician -- J Jayalalithaa, who breathed her last in December 2016.
Not just politicians, people from the film fraternity have condoled his death. Find out their tweets below:
Rajinikanth: Today is a black day in my life, one which I can never forget as I lost my #Kalaignar. I pray for his soul: Rajinikanth on #Karunanidhi (file pic)
Kajal Aggarwal: Very disturbed by the news of our former Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu, Karunanidhi ji passing away. Such a legend. My heartfelt condolences to his family and the millions who feel his loss. #RIPKalaingar
Raghava Lawrence: RIP #kalaignar #karunandhi ayya... The heart which helped for my Trust children is no more. My heartfelt condolence to entire family. Your legacy will live on forever..
Mohan Raja: My first political Hero is no more.. An irreplaceable loss to Tamil and Tamilnadu #RIPKalaignarKarunanidhiayya
Vishal: Deeply saddened 2 hear dat our iconic leader #KalaignarKarunanidhi ayya is no more An irreplaceable leader.nobody cn match his contribution n politics and http://cinema.My deepest condolences 2 his family n his http://followers.RIP .i request Tn govt 2 allot marina beach
Allu Arjun: KALAIGNAR . Patriarch of Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam. 5 times CM , 6 Decades Of Political Career , Bhishma Pitamah of TN Politics , Dravidian Pride . Condolences to Family , Followers & every Tamilian . May his soul RIP #Karunanidhi #RIPKalaignar
Gautami: Deeply grieved at passing of Kalaignar avl. His place in TN history is distinct & he's inspired countless to follow their calling in cinema & politics. His loss is irreplacable. My heartfelt condolences to his family&legions of followers. May his soul RIP
Parvatii: Rest in Peace Kalaignar Karunanidhi - a Leader by all means. Your contributions to the welfare of Tamil language and Tamilnadu will speak across generations. The SUN will shine in our hearts always. #Karunanidhi #RIPKalaignar #கலைஞர் #KauveryHospital
Ramya Krishnan: A person that departs from this earth never truly leaves, for they are still alive in our hearts, through us, they live on. My condolences. #RIPKalaingr
Ranganathan Madhavan: Saddened hearing the demise of one of this Nations Most dynamic leader and writer. May his soul Rest In Peace. Condolences to the entire party,family and supporters.
Trish Krish: Another era comes to an end #RIPKalaignar
Editor PraveenKl: Rip #kalaignar ayya. Condolences to the entire family for this great loss
Anjana Rangan: There is no in TamilNadu with such experience and political knowledge anymore! Rest in Peace #Kalaingar ayya!
sripriya: A great intellect indeed,a man of a mammoth memory,I had taken my daughter when in 2nd std to take his blessings,he asked a Q from her Tamil portion mentioning d pg number,my daughter was awe struck'how ma thatha knew my book?THATS KALAINJAR
Hansika: With profound grief I have learnt about the loss of our beloved Kalaignar Dr M Karunanidhi one of the best leaders the country has ever witnessed. I hope God gives courage and hope to the family member and fellow Tamilians to cope with this huge loss #RIPKalaignar
This was the last pic I had taken with him a little over a month ago..never knew this will be the last time I will be seeing the great Leader..will miss you Appa.. pic.twitter.com/9LJexC5EZ4— khushbusundar..and it's NAKHAT KHAN for the BJP.. (@khushsundar) August 7, 2018
Madhur Bhandarkar: Saddened by the passing away of DMK Patriarch & a dynamic leader, #KARUNANIDHI sir. My thoughts & prayers go out to his family & admirers.
Riteish Deshmukh: Today India has lost one of its tallest leaders. Deeply saddened by the passing away of Kalaignar Karunanidhi ji. Deepest condolences to the family and loved ones His contribution to the state of Tamil Nadu, its people has been immense. True Champion of Tamil pride. RIP Sir.
Vikram Prabhu: Grandad's oldest friend, his best man at his wedding, a part of the family even before the brand Sivaji came in to the industry & a well wisher of all things related to Annai illam . We will miss you Aiyah #கலைஞர் #Legend
Varun Manian: Deeply saddened by the passing away of a beloved leader and 5 times CM of Tamil Nadu. My condolences to the bereaved family and supporters.
Siddharth: The Last #Tamil Titan has fallen. Former TN CM #MKarunanidhi was an incomparable man. #TamilNadu has lost at once its greatest contemporary political and creative enigma. Our beautiful language #Tamil will miss #Kalaignar #Karunanidhi This void he has left will take ages to fill.
Jayam Ravi: The end of greatness Pride of Tamilnadu! My heartfelt condolences to the entire family. RIP Ayya #KalaignarKarunanidhi
Rahul Ravindran: His words could spark flames and light up torches of revolution. His screenplays and plays changed people and collective thinking forever. His gifts to us are eternal. His Tamizh and his wit will always be unmatched. The assembly will miss its favorite son. #RIPKalaignar