Former President APJ Abdul Kalam passed away at a hospital in Meghalaya. Dr Kalam reportedly collapsed on stage at the IIM in Shillong and was rushed to hospital. Doctors say he suffered from a cardiac arrest.
Meghalaya Governor V Shanmughanathan and Chief Secretary PBO Warjri visited Bethany hospital where Kalam has been admitted. Earlier during the day, Kalam had tweeted about his function at IIM Shillong.
He was in town to deliver a lecture at the Indian Institute of Management in Shillong, reports Press Trust of India.
Dr Kalam was born in Rameswaram on October 15, 1931, to a boatman. Kalam was 83. He was the 11th President on India between 2002 and 2007. He was awarded the Padma Bhushan and Bharat Ratna, and then he became the 11th President of India in 2002.
He played a pivotal role in India’s Pokhran-II nuclear test in 1998, the first since the test by India in 1974. He was known as the missile man of India.