94-year-old Karunanidhi, addressed as Kalaignar (artiste) passed away on Tuesday at Kauvery Hospital.
Karunanidhi, one of the most senior politicians in India, was Tamil Nadu's Chief Minister five times but has been ailing for some time.
The DMK chief was admitted to Kauvery Hospital for the first time on July 18 for change of tracheostomy tube.
"His understanding of policy and emphasis on social welfare stood out", Prime Minister Narendra Modi tweeted following the veteran's demise. On such occasions, the govt and political parties should move above politics. The movie did not just have an enormous impact on Tamil cinema, but also enormously influenced Tamil Nadu's political scene.
In the years that followed, the state government alternated between Karunanidhi and its main political rival, the AIADMK.
He also made vast contributions to Tamil literature and cinema.
Earlier, after watching television news about DMK chief's deteriorating health, the two walked to Kauvery Hospital around 5pm and began interacting with party workers. This is not just a fact backing his political influence or scope but is testimony to the love and affection he has amassed from the people of Tamil Nadu over the years, for whom he will always be the Kalaignar. Later, he founded Tamil Nadu Tamil Manavar Mandram.
He was a five-time chief minister and elected 13 times to the state assembly between 1957 and 2016.
Then, he got married to Dayalu Ammal, with whom he has four children- M K Alagiri, M K Stalin, M K Tamilarasu and Selvi. Many of his close family members served as lawmakers and his son M. K. Stalin is his de facto successor.
June 1991: Quits Harbour Assembly seat, owning moral responsibility for DMK's defeat in the General elections that year.
Proving true the adage that there are no permanent friends or foes in politics, Karunanidhi, who denounced the Emergency imposed by Indira Gandhi in 1975, formed alliances with the Congress several times, and the UPA government had several ministers from the DMK.