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Jayalalithaa Passes Away At 68


J Jayalalithaa, the Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu and one of India's most powerful and popular politicians, died on Monday in a Chennai hospital, nearly three months after she was admitted there. She was 68.
●    Ms Jayalalithaa had a cardiac arrest on Sunday evening and was rushed back to the Intensive Care Unit or ICU. 
●    Barely two weeks ago, after doctors and her party said she was fully recovered from a respiratory illness, she was moved from the critical care unit to a private room kitted out with emergency equipment.
●    Ms Jayalalithaa, a former movie star, served four times as Chief Minister, alternating in office with her arch-rival, M Karunanidhi, who heads the DMK. 
●    But earlier this year, she broke that pattern with a decisive win - for the first time in over three decades, an incumbent Chief Minister was re-elected, a tribute to her hold over Tamil Nadu.
●    After acting in more than 100 films, Ms Jayalalithaa rose to political leadership with the backing of MG Ramachandran, her co-star who founded the AIADMK. 
●    After his death, she became its chief in 1988.

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