AIADMK chief and Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa, leader to many Tamils and 'Amma' to millions, passed away on late Monday evening in Chennai.
Twitter was flooded with condolence messages from across the country after Apollo hospital announced the demise of the Chief Minister.
Tamil Superstar Rajinikanth condoled the death of AIADMK supremo and Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa, describing her as a "brave daughter" whom the country had lost. "Not just Tamil Nadu but India has lost a brave daughter. I pray to God to rest her soul in peace," he tweeted.
Bollywood veteran Amitabh Bachchan and and Shah Rukh Khan also expressed grief over the death of the late Chief Minister.
Scores of Tamil cinema actors including Shruti Haasan and director Gautam Vasudev Menon condoled death of Jayalalithaa, who had her roots in the film industry as a famous yesteryear actor.
Amma's mortal remains have been kept at Rajaji Hall in Chennai for people to pay last respects. The Hindu reports that Jayalalithaa's cremation will take place at 4 pm next to MGR memorial.
With inputs from PTI