Chennai, Nov. 8 (PTI): AIADMK supremo Jayalalithaa and the Tamil Nadu Chief Minister M Karunanidhi have condoled the death of former assembly speaker, K Kalimuthu.

Expressing shock over his ‘untimely’ death and terming it as an irrepairable loss to the party, Jayalalithaa announced that her party would observe a three day mourning. Party flags would at fly half mast and all party functions stand cancelled, she said in her condolence message.

“Kalimuthu was in the forefront in fighting for the interests of the party and worked for the development of the Tamil language till he breathed his last”, she said.

Karunanidhi, in his message, said Kalimuthu was an ardent follower of Dravidian ideology right from his student days and fought against imposition of Hindi.

‘He was a good friend, a good writer and orator’, he said.