WEB DESK: Former president and Bharat Ratna APJ Abdul Kalam died on Monday after collapsing during a lecture in Shillong, Aaj News reported.
Kalam reached Shillong via Guwahati in the morning, collapsed during a lecture at the Indian Institute of Management-Shillong (IIM-S) around 6:30 pm and rushed to the Bethany Hospital there.
“He had no pulse when he was admitted to the hospital. We can attribute his death to cardiac arrest,” doctor said.
Kalam served as the 11th President on India from 2002 to 2007, enjoying the support of both the ruling BJP and the opposition Congress.
Dr Kalam was born in Rameswaram on October 15, 1931, to a humble family. He died at 83. His father was a boatman.
A bright student, his interest in flying led to a degree in aeronautical engineering, and eventually to supervising the development of India’s guided missile programme.
He was also the author of 10 books. His autobiography, Wings of Fire, written in 1999, had been a best seller.
He is expected to be buried in his native Rameshwaram.