Actor-politician 'Captain' Vijayakanth, DMDK founder, dies in Chennai at 71.

Miot Hospital confirms death due to pneumonia and COVID-19.

Captain Vijaykanth, a versatile actor, featured in 154 movies.

His on-screen military portrayals earned him the moniker "Captain."

Founded DMDK in 2005, challenging established Dravidian parties.

DMDK gained prominence, won significant seats in 2006 elections.

In 2011, DMDK surpassed DMK, became principal Opposition Party.

Vijayakanth's death marks the end of a political era.

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