Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Jayalalithaa Jayaram yesterday suffered a cardiac arrest, only days after she handed many of her responsibilities to a deputy because of illness, the Gulf Times reported.
"Chief Minister Jayaram, who is undergoing treatment at Apollo Hospitals, suffered a cardiac arrest this evening," doctor Subbaiah Viswanathan from the hospital said yesterday in a statement to the Press Trust of India news agency.
"She is being treated and monitored by a team of experts, including cardiologists, pulmonologist and critical care specialists," the statement added.
The hospital gave updates about the Chief Minister's health in a series of tweets, also asking all to pray for her "good health and well being."
Indian President Pranab Mukherjee too wished for her speedy recovery. "Distressed to hear about CM Jayalalithaa suffering a cardiac arrest, my prayers for her speedy recovery," he posted on Twitter.