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Indian actress-turned-politician Jayaram Jayalalithaa dies

Associated Press logo Associated Press 12/5/2016
Supporters of Indian southern state of Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Jayalalithaa hold her photograph as they pray for her health at a temple in Mumbai, India, Monday, Dec. 5, 2016. Thousands of Jayalalitha supporters and well wishers across India prayed for her speedy recovery after she was readmitted to the hospital in Cheanni following a cardiac arrest on Sunday evening. (AP Photo/Rafiq Maqbool) © The Associated Press Supporters of Indian southern state of Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Jayalalithaa hold her photograph as they pray for her health at a temple in Mumbai, India, Monday, Dec. 5, 2016. Thousands of Jayalalitha supporters and well wishers across India prayed for her speedy recovery after she was readmitted to the hospital in Cheanni following a cardiac arrest on Sunday evening. (AP Photo/Rafiq Maqbool)

CHENNAI, India (AP) — Hospital authorities say South Indian actress-turned-politician Jayaram Jayalalithaa has died at age 68.

A supporter of India's Tamil Nadu state Chief Minister Jayaram Jayalalithaa displays her photograph at their party office in Mumbai, India, Monday, Dec. 5, 2016. Thousands of supporters and well wishers across India prayed for the speedy recovery of Jayalalithaa who is in critical condition after undergoing surgery Monday hours after suffering a heart attack. (AP Photo/Rafiq Maqbool) © The Associated Press A supporter of India's Tamil Nadu state Chief Minister Jayaram Jayalalithaa displays her photograph at their party office in Mumbai, India, Monday, Dec. 5, 2016. Thousands of supporters and well wishers across India prayed for the speedy recovery of Jayalalithaa who is in critical condition after undergoing surgery Monday hours after suffering a heart attack. (AP Photo/Rafiq Maqbool)

The Apollo Hospital in the southern Indian city of Chennai said Jayalalithaa died at 11:30 p.m. local time Monday after undergoing surgery following a heart attack on Sunday night.

Supporters of India's Tamil Nadu state Chief Minister Jayaram Jayalalithaa watch TV news about their leader's health condition at their party office in Mumbai, India, Monday, Dec. 5, 2016. Thousands of supporters and well wishers across India prayed for the speedy recovery of Jayalalithaa who is in critical condition after undergoing surgery Monday hours after suffering a heart attack. (AP Photo/Rafiq Maqbool) © The Associated Press Supporters of India's Tamil Nadu state Chief Minister Jayaram Jayalalithaa watch TV news about their leader's health condition at their party office in Mumbai, India, Monday, Dec. 5, 2016. Thousands of supporters and well wishers across India prayed for the speedy recovery of Jayalalithaa who is in critical condition after undergoing surgery Monday hours after suffering a heart attack. (AP Photo/Rafiq Maqbool)

Jayalalithaa inspired intense loyalty among film and political fans alike, and was widely known as "Amma," which means "Mother" in the Tamil language.

A supporter wears a locket with a picture of India's Tamil Nadu state Chief Minister Jayaram Jayalalithaa at their party office in Mumbai, India, Monday, Dec. 5, 2016. Thousands of supporters and well wishers across India prayed for the speedy recovery of Jayalalithaa who is in critical condition after undergoing surgery Monday hours after suffering a heart attack. (AP Photo/Rafiq Maqbool) © The Associated Press A supporter wears a locket with a picture of India's Tamil Nadu state Chief Minister Jayaram Jayalalithaa at their party office in Mumbai, India, Monday, Dec. 5, 2016. Thousands of supporters and well wishers across India prayed for the speedy recovery of Jayalalithaa who is in critical condition after undergoing surgery Monday hours after suffering a heart attack. (AP Photo/Rafiq Maqbool)

She had been hospitalized in September in Tamil Nadu's capital of Chennai after suffering from fever, dehydration and an unspecified lung illness. As her condition reportedly deteriorated, thousands prayed outside the hospital for her recovery.

Supporters of Indian southern state of Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Jayalalithaa hold her photograph as they pray for her health at a temple in Mumbai, India, Monday, Dec. 5, 2016. Thousands of Jayalalitha supporters and well wishers across India prayed for her speedy recovery after she was readmitted to the hospital in Cheanni following a cardiac arrest on Sunday evening. (AP Photo/Rafiq Maqbool) © The Associated Press Supporters of Indian southern state of Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Jayalalithaa hold her photograph as they pray for her health at a temple in Mumbai, India, Monday, Dec. 5, 2016. Thousands of Jayalalitha supporters and well wishers across India prayed for her speedy recovery after she was readmitted to the hospital in Cheanni following a cardiac arrest on Sunday evening. (AP Photo/Rafiq Maqbool)

She worked on nearly 150 Tamil-language movies, many as a romantic lead, before following her mentor into politics. She was Tamil Nadu's chief minister for more than 15 years, and was praised for her efforts in fighting rural poverty.

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This story has been corrected to read that Jayalalithaa suffered a heart attack on Sunday night, instead of Monday.

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