'End of an era! Kalaignar was such an essential part of the fabric of Chennai and Tamil Nadu. All of us who've lived there will feel an inexplicable loss.'
The Tamil film industry joined the world in mourning the loss of Muthuvel Karunanidhi, who passed away on August 7.
Tributes poured out on Twitter, and we present some of them here:
Dulquer Salmaan: End of an era ! Kalaignar was such an essential part of the fabric of Chennai and Tamil Nadu. All of us who've lived there will feel an inexplicable loss. RIP.
R Madhavan: Saddened hearing the demise of one of this Nations Most dynamic leader and writer. May his soul Rest In Peace. Condolences to the entire party, family and supporters.
Soundarya Rajinikanth: #RIP Kalaignar Thatha #EndOfAnEra.
Manoj Kumar Manchu: From a screen writer in Tamil industry to being the CM of Tamil Nadu for 5 times...The most senior leader who completed 50yrs as DMK president! Respect to Karunanidhi garu & his contribution to the state & Tamil literature. Deepest condolences to his family.
Anirudh Ravichander: End of a legendary era. Heartfelt condolences.
Hansika Motwani: With profound grief I have learnt about the loss of our beloved Kalaignar Dr M Karunanidhi one of the best leaders the country has ever witnessed. I hope God gives courage and hope to the family member and fellow Tamilians to cope with this huge loss.
Siddharth: The Last #Tamil Titan has fallen. Former TN CM #MKarunanidhi was an incomparable man. #TamilNadu has lost at once its greatest contemporary political and creative enigma. Our beautiful language #Tamil will miss #Kalaignar #Karunanidhi. This void he has left will take ages to fill.
Priya Bhavani Shankar: A great leader, actor and Human has left us. A legendary era has ended. My deepest condolences to the family & supporters of #Karunanidhiayya.
G V Prakash Kumar: An era of politics, an era of leadership an era of writing...
Trisha: Another era comes to an end.
Sri Divya: A great leader, actor and Human has left us. A legendary era has ended. My deepest condolences to the family & supporters of #Karunanidhiayya.
M Sasikumar: Great leader and tamil writer #Karunanidhiayya ! Will be remembered forever.
Yuvanshankar Raja: #TamilNadu has lost a great leader of our times. We people and Our #Tamillanguage will miss #Karunanidhi. my deepest condolences to the entire family members.
Varu Sarathkumar: A one man army..Fighter.. Writer..Politician..A man with many faces..75 years...No man can achieve what he did..I'm sure even after this he will continue to live on in all our hearts... #Respect. #Karunanidhi . #RIP sir.. strength to his family..A true #Leader
Vishal: Dr Kalaignar Karunanidhi is truly an irreplaceable leader. No one can match is contribution in politics and cinema. My deepest condolences to his family and his followers worldwide.
His famous dialogues and scripts are still trendsetters. The film industry will miss him dearly.
Kalaignar Ayya definitely deserves a place in Marina Beach for his contribution and being a leader for a Political party for 50 years. I hereby request the Tamil Nadu government to take all efforts possible to allot space in Marina for Kalaignar Ayya's burial.
Riteish Deshmukh: One Of The Most Powerful Leader In Indian Politics Is No More, RIP.
Vikram Prabhu: Grandad's oldest friend, his best man at his wedding, a part of the family even before the brand Sivaji came in to the industry & a well wisher of all things related to Annai illam. We will miss you Aiyah.
Andrea Jeremiah: RIP MK ... truly the end of an era for Tamil politics
Photograph: R Senthil Kumar/PTI Photo