Tamil Nadu MLA J Anbazhagan dies of Covid-19

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Anbazhagan, 61 was admitted to hospital on June 2 with "severe acute respiratory distress" and had tested positive for COVID-19 at the time.

Tamil Nadu opposition DMK MLA J Anbazhagan, who had tested positive for coronavirus, died in a Chennai hospital this morning.

Tamil Nadu is the second-most affected state in the country after Maharashtra with 34,914 Covid-19 cases reported till Tuesday. These include 16,282 active cases and 307 deaths from the virus.

Anbazhagan, 61 was admitted to hospital on June 2 with "severe acute respiratory distress" and had tested positive for COVID-19 at the time. The condition of the Chepauk- Triplicane had turned critical on Monday, according to the doctors treating him. He is the first legislator to die of Covid-19 in Tamil Nadu.

Anbazhagan actively took part in relief work during the lockdown period. What made his health condition challenging was a liver transplant he had about 15 years ago, according to an Indian Express report.

A statement by the hospital Wednesday read: “Anbazhagan, who has been fighting for his life with severe 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.”

Considered close to DMK patriarch M Karunanidhi, Anbazhagan was one of DMK’s tallest leaders in the Chennai region. Hailing from a traditional DMK family, Anbazhagan’s father Jayaraman was also a DMK worker.

If Jayaraman was the pet of late DMK patriarch M Karunanidhi, Anbazhagan was the close aide of both Karunanidhi and his son, Stalin. He was known for his key role in running the party in Chennai, and also organised almost all the massive events and protests for DMK in the city over the last two decades, the IE report said.

“Anbazhagan was an authority in sports, he himself was a sportsman. Kalaignar (late Karunanidhi) used to insist on Anbazhagan’s company whenever he found time to watch IPL cricket matches. He was a fiery speaker, and remained active during Assembly proceedings in his three terms,” the IE quoted a source close to Stalin (with inputs from agencies)

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