DMK’s leader and MLA in Chennai, J Anbazhagan dies of Covid-19

Tamil Nadu politician J Anbazhagan, one of the DMK’s most prominent faces in the state, died in Chennai this morning after the coronavirus for one week. He died at 61, admitted on June 2 over “severe acute respiratory distress” and after while tested positive. The day he got admitted, after that day he was supported on a ventilator as his breathing problem heightened.

He had acute pneumonia and he worse end on Monday morning, according to Dr Rela Institute and Medical Centre. His cardiac function dropped and chronic kidney disease also contributed to his critical condition. The MLA had also been on medication for years after a liver transplant.

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.”

He was three-time MLA and the first leader to die of the COVID-19 in Tamil Nadu. Congress MP Shashi Tharoor was among those who tweeted condolences. “DMK MLA #JAnbazhagan is no more. He succumbs to #COVID19. He is the first legislator to die in India of the infection. It was his 62nd birthday today. Om Shanti,” said Mr Tharoor.

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