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Thousands mourn as revered Indian leader dies

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Supporters reacting with grief outside of the hospital after the death of revered 94-year-old political leader Muthuvel Karunanidhi. (AFP pic)

CHENNAI: Thousands mourned in southern India on Tuesday after the death of revered 94-year-old political leader Muthuvel Karunanidhi.

Karunanidhi, a charismatic self-styled champion of the poor, had been in intensive care since July 28 in Chennai, the capital of Tamil Nadu state.

A big crowd had been thronging the streets outside the hospital since his hospitalisation but it swelled to some 6,000 Tuesday, an AFP photographer estimated, after doctors said he had suffered a “significant decline”.

Prakash Duria, a doctor at the Kauvery Hospital, later confirmed to AFP that he had died.

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