Jayalalithaa, India’s Colorful, Controversial State Leader, Dies

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Jayalalithaa, India’s Colorful, Controversial State Leader, Dies

December 5, 2016 — 2:18 PM EST December 5, 2016 — 2:18 PM EST
  • She died close to midnight after a prolonged hospital stay
  • Made a determined journey from a starlet to chief minister

Jayaram Jayalalithaa, a popular movie star who rose to become one of India’s most powerful regional leaders, has died. She was 68.

She died at 11:30 p.m. local time on Monday at Apollo Hospital in Chennai, the capital of the southern state of Tamil Nadu where she was chief minister, the hospital said in a statement. She was hospitalized on Sept. 22 to treat fever and dehydration, and died following a cardiac arrest on Dec. 4.

Jayaram Jayalalithaa

Photographer: M. Lakshman/AP Photo

The colorful and controversial politician had faced a series of high and lows. Her supporters said she…

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