Published On: Mon, Jul 27th, 2015

Former President A P J Abdul Kalam no more

Shillong: Former President Bharat Ratna Dr A P J Abdul Kalam passed away in Shillong on Monday evening. He was 84.

Former President A P J Abdul Kalam, a popular head of state between 2002 and 2007, died today after he collapsed during a lecture here.

Former President A P J Abdul Kalam, a popular head of state between 2002 and 2007, died today after he collapsed during a lecture in Shillong.

The Missile Man of India, the name by which Kalam was popular, was rushed to Bethany Hospital after he collapsed during a public lecture at IIM Shillong. He was declared dead by the doctors at 7.45 pm.

According to reports, Kalam suffered a cardiac arrest during the lecture and was rushed to the hospital where he was put under observation in the ICU. However, he could not be revived, according to reports.

Patricia Mukhim, Editor of The Shillong Times on her Facebook post said: “Former President of India, APJ Abdul Kalam collapses during a lecture at IIM Shillong. Reportedly brought dead to Bethany Hospital. Dr Kalam has been a guest faculty at IIM Shillong for the last couple of years! A life well led by example. A great, dedicated teacher until the very end! No salute will be enough for this great son of Mother India. No likes please. Only comments.”

Kalam’s body will be flown to Delhi tomorrow (28 July). A seven-day national mourning has been announced, PTI reported citing Union Home Secretary LC Goyal.

The Last Picture of Abdul Kalam as he collapsed on Stage at IIM Shillong

The Last Picture of Abdul Kalam as he collapsed on Stage at IIM Shillong.

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