Karunanidhi, Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK) patriarch and five-time Tamil Nadu chief minister, the Revolutionary Poet, breathed his last at the Kauvery hospital in Chennai today on Tuesday, after a 11-day health battle. M Karunanidhi was 94. As the news of M Karunanidhi’s death broke, hundreds of distraught Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK) workers crowded outside the Hospital and even more from other parts of the state made their way to the capital to pay their respects to the late leader.
According to the latest update, M Karunanidhi’s death time was 6.10 pm. His health had seen a significant decline in the last 24 hours due to multi-organ failure.
M Karunanidhi, who was popularly referred to as Kalaignar, was admitted to the hospital on 28th July 2018 after he contracted urinary tract infection and developed a high fever.
Karunanidhi, whose original name was Dakshinamurthy, was born in Thirukkuvalai village in Nagapattinam district. He was survived by two wives. He had been married three times and had six children. His three wives were late Padmavathy, Dayalu and Rajathi. He had four sons, namely M K Muthu, M K Alagiri, M K Stalin, M K Tamilarasu and two daughters, Selvi and Kanimozhi.
M Karunanidhi’s eldest son was born to Padmavathy, who died early. Azhagiri, Stalin, Selvi and Tamilarasu were born to second wife Dayalu, whereas Kanimozhi is the only daughter from his third wife, Rajathi. In Kollywood, M Karunanidhi was known for his writing works and M.R. Radha gave him the title of Kalaignar.
At the age of 14, M Karunanidhi entered politics. He participated in Anti-Hindi agitations and founded an organisation for the local youth of his locality. Later, he founded Tamil Nadu Tamil Manavar Mandram. At the age of 33, M Karunanidhi entered the Tamil Nadu assembly by winning the Kulithalai seat in the 1957 election.
Karunanidhi’s body will be first taken to daughter Kanimozhi’s residence in CIT Colony, later to the Gopalapuram residence. From there the DMK chief’s remains will be kept at Rajaji Hall for the public to pay their last respects.