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Former Tamil Nadu chief minister and DMK patriarch M. Karunanidhi has passed away.

"With deep anguish we announce the demise of our beloved Kalaignar M Karunanidhi on 07.08.2018 at 6.10 pm". The DMK supremo has been suffering from age related ailments and was hospitalised on July 26.

Following the death of Annadurai, Karunanidhi, with the help of Tamil cinema legend MG Ramachandran aka MGR became Chief Minister.

Karunanidhi, whose original name was Dakshinamurthy, was born in Thirukkuvalai village in Nagapattinam district. To his credit, Karunanidhi kept the party intact for the 13 long years in the Opposition fighting against a charismatic leader like MGR.

He was elected to the Tamil Nadu Legislative Assembly 12 times.

Offering his heartfelt condolences to the departed leader, Patnaik described Karunanidhi as the tallest leader of Tamil Nadu, who played a key role in social change and reforms in his state.

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Karunanidhi wasn't just a formidable politician; he was also a man of letters. The circular from the Government's Chief Secretary Girija Vaidyanathan states that since there are many cases against allocating spaces for political leaders' memorial at Marina are ongoing in the Madras High Court, allocating space for Karunanidhi's memorial at the same site will create legal issues and hence the request can not be accommodated.

When Mr Annadurai died in 1969, Mr Karunanidhi, then in his 40s, took over leadership of the DMK.

Known as a charismatic leader and fiery orator, Mr Karunanidhi led his party in the elections in Tamil Nadu in 2016 when he was 91.

The biggest blot in Karunanidhi's political life was his decision to support the BJP-led government at the centre in 1999 when Jayalalithaa withdrew her support.

On Sunday, President Ramnath Kovind visited the former Chief Minister at the hospital and wished him speedy recovery. Kanimozhi who Karunanidhi declared as his literary heir is a second term Rajya Sabha MP and DMK's women wing secretary.