Natarajan Maruthappa, VK Sasikala’s husband, Dies at 74 in Chennai



M Natarajan the husband of the director of AIADMK, VK Sasikala, died in a hospital in Chennai after several organ failures. The 74-year-old man was admitted to Gleneagles Global Health City Hospital last week for a lung infection and his condition was “critical.”

“It is with deep sadness that today we announce the sad death of Natarajan Maruthappa at 1:35 am,” said Shanmuga Priyan, COO of Gleneagles Global Health City.

VK Sasikala, currently housed in the Bangalore Central Prison, has requested 15 days of conditional release for the final rituals of Mr. Natarajan to attend.

“Natarajan Maruthappa was admitted to the intensive care unit (ICU) Gleneagles Global (hospital) with severe pneumonia on March 16,” said the hospital management in a statement last week.

Natarajan was on respiratory assistance and his condition is crucial, “said Shanmuga Priyan, the chief operating officer of the hospital last week.

Natarajan suffered from liver and kidney disease and pulmonary congestion prior to organ transplantation.He had a tracheostomy last October and underwent ventilation assistance before he was released.

In October of last year, Mr. Natarajan was a transplant of two vital organs and was released after he was fully recovered. VK Sasikala, who is currently serving a four-year prison sentence in a disproportionate property case, visited her husband after she requested 15 days of conditional release to visit her seriously ill husband.

VK Sasikala was married to Natarajan Maruthappa, a former government public relations officer for 33 years. He was the first to introduce Sasikala to former Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa.

Natarajan was one of the relatives of Sasikala who was banished by Jayalalithaa from her Poes Garden house in Chennai; she accused them of working against her interests. Sasikala’s cousin, TTV Dhinakaran, was one of those who had been deported.

J Jayalalithaa left VK Sasikala next to him, on condition that Sasikala terminated all ties with her family, including her husband. Sasikala left her husband’s name last year and added the prefix VK to return to her maiden name shortly after she was appointed Secretary-General of AIADMK.

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