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Indian politician's death sparks outpouring of grief

9:31am IST - 01:14

The sudden death of Tamil Nadu's chief minister unleashes a public outpouring of grief from thousands of her supporters. Paul Chapman reports.

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PLEASE NOTE: EDIT CONTAINS MATERIAL WHICH WAS ORIGINALLY 4:3 Supporters of Tamil Nadu's popular and controversial chief minister are devastated by her death following a heart attack. Many gathered outside the hospital where Jayalalithaa Jayaraman passed away on Monday night. The leader of India's opposition Congress Party says her death leaves a void in the state's politics. (SOUNDBITE) (English) RENUKA CHOUDHURY, LEADER OF INDIA'S OPPOSITION CONGRESS PARTY, SAYING: "I think there's going to be a terrible vacuum, a terrible vacuum, in Tamil Nadu politics, a terrible vacuum in women leadership because I think she knew how to work the system." The actress-turned-politician evoked sycophantic devotion among her followers. She leaves a legacy of populist schemes which included giving away cell phones, laptops and kitchen equipment, endearing her to millions of voters. Her critics called her a narcissist despot. She was warned to stop using state powers to launch defamation cases. She also served several jail terms on charges of financial irregularities and corruption but bounced back to win elections and punish her detractors.

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Indian politician's death sparks outpouring of grief

9:31am IST - 01:14