Karunanidhi, president of Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK) who was ailing for sometime, died at the age of 94 at Chennai's Kauvery Hospital on Tuesday. He was a long-standing leader of the Dravidian self-respect movement and ten-time president of his own party.

Karunanidhi, who served as chief minister of Tamil Nadu for five terms, was admitted to hospital on July 28 after he contracted urinary tract infection. Later, the doctors had advised a longer stay to him because of 'age related overall decline in his general health, altered liver function and haematological parameters'.

Karunanidhi was survived by two wives. The 94-year-old leader had been married three times and had six children. His three wives were late Padmavathy, Dayalu and Rajathi.

He had four sons, namely M K Muthu, M K Alagiri, M K Stalin, and M K Tamilarasu and two daughters, Selvi and Kanimozhi. M K Muthu, his eldest son, was born to Padmavathy, who died early. Azhagiri, Stalin, Selvi and Tamilarasu were born to Dayalu, while Kanimozhi is the only daughter from his third wife, Rajathi.

Karunanidhi became the 3rd chief minister of Tamil Nadu after the creation of the new state. In 1969, he became chief minister for the first time and on May 13, 2006, he became the CM for the fifth time.