DMK lawmaker J Anbazhagan died of Covid-19 in a hospital in Chennai on Wednesday morning, his 62nd birthday.
His condition had been critical and he was on ventilator support. Anbazhagan was take to Dr Rela Institute & Medical Centre with severe acute respiratory distress.
He was fighting acute pneumonia and his condition deteriorated on Monday evening, according to Dr Rela Institute and Medical Centre, where he was being treated.
His cardiac function dropped and a chronic kidney disease also contributed to his critical condition.
In a statement today, the private hospital said: “The COVID 19 pneumonia rapidly deteriorated early this morning. In spite of full medical support including mechanical ventilation at our COVID facility he succumbed to his illness.”
Anbazhagan is the first big political leader to die of coronavirus in Tamil Nadu.
Chief Minister E Palaniswami and DMK chief MK Stalin have condoled the politician’s death. Mr Stalin has announced three-day mourning with the DMK flag at half-mast. All party events have also been call off.
Anbazhagan was active in the party’s community outreach amid the lockdown.
Tamil Nadu is the second worst-hit state in India with over 34,000 COVID-19 cases. These include 16,282 active cases and 307 deaths from the virus.