Madurai: Hours before the first session of the 15th Tamil Nadu Assembly, All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (AIADMK) leader SM Seenivel died here on Wednesday.
Seenivel (65) was elected to the Tamil Nadu Assembly from Tirupparankundram constituency.
Tamil Nadu Chief Minister and AIADMK general secretary J Jayalalithaa expressed her grief at Seenivel`s death and conveyed her condolences to his family.
He is survived by wife, three daughters and a son. He died at Vadamalayan Hospital at 7 am today.
Seenivel died due to stroke, his son S Selvakumar said.
He was admitted to the hospital after he complained of uneasiness on May 18. Selvakumar said Seenivel's blood pressure had shot up.
Earlier on May 21, a television channel flashed the unsettling news of Seenivel`s death.
Even as the rumour mills went into an overdrive, proclaiming by-election at Thiruparankundram, Seenivel was recuperating from a stroke that sent him to a private hospital at Bibikulam in Madurai last Wednesday.
The doctors had put rumours to rest by declaring Seenivel`s condition stable.
The AIADMK retained power winning 136 of the 232 constituencies despite most exit polls predicting a DMK win.