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Indian politicians and Bollywood celebs who fell ill in 2016

From Chikungunya outbreak to severe illnesses 2016 has been as a roller-coaster ride for Indian celebs and politicians. Learn who all fell ill.

Mind Body By Meenakshi Chaudhary / Dec 09, 2016

Tamil Nadu CM Jayalalithaa

In one of the biggest events of Indian politics we witnessed in 2016, we lost Tamil Nadu’s chief minister Jayalalithaa Jayaram, popularly known as ‘Amma’. Jayalalithaa was hospitalised and kept in intensive care since September 22, after she complained of dehydration and congestion with high fever. There were lot of speculations about her health, triggered by the secrecy of her party member over her health. On December 4, it was announced that she had made a full recovery and would be discharged from hospital in couple of days, but later that day she suffered a cardiac arrest and died on December 5. Image source : Getty

Sonia Gandhi

On August 3, the Congress leader was reported to have fallen ill when she was doing a successful roadshow in PM Modi’s constituency Varanasi. She was reported to have been battling an infection. She decided to lead the roadshow despite having fever for few days, however her roadshow was cut short as she was flown back to Delhi. Image source : Getty

Sushma Swaraj

Admired for her active use of Twitter for helping people, Union Minister Sushma Swaraj surprised everyone on November 16, when she tweeted ‘I am in AIIMS because of kidney failure. Presently, I am on dialysis. I am undergoing tests for a Kidney transplant. Lord Krishna will bless’. Image source : Getty

Vidya Balan

Dengue and chikungunya created a lot of news in 2016 with countless people being diagnosed with infection. The mighty mosquito created some unrest in the Bollywood too. Vidya Balan was reported to be down with dengue in September. She recovered soon after bed rest of 15 days. Image source : Getty

Dilip Kumar

Veteran actor Dilip Kumar was hospitalised on December 7, after his wife Saira Banu noticed swelling in his right leg. The actor had been hospitalised few times following some major and minor ailments over the last few years. Image source : Getty


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