Tamil Nadu Agriculture Minister R Doraikannu, who was battling COVID-19, has died, a private hospital said on Sunday.

The 72-year-old minister breathed his last late on Saturday night, Kauvery Hospital Executive Director Dr Aravdindan Selvaraj said in a medical bulletin. He had been critical as per a hospital statement issued on Saturday afternoon. A statement issued by Kauvery Hospital stated that he passed away at 11.15 pm on Saturday.He was elected as an MLA from Papanasam in Thanjavur district in 2006, 2011, and 2016. He also served as a Cabinet minister in 2016, under former Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa’s term