Shiv Sena chief Bal Thackeray passes away
Shiv Sena supremo Bal Thackeray, , who has been critically ill for the last few days, died on Saturday at 3:30pm, his doctor announced in Mumbai.
He was 86. "He had suffered a cardiac arrest. We could not revive him despite our best efforts. He breathed his last at around 3:30pm," Dr Jalil Parkar, who treated the Sena supremo, told reporters after emerging from Thackeray residence this evening.
Thackeray had been suffering from respiratory problems and pancreatic disease. He is survived by sons Jaidev and Uddhav, who is the executive president of the party.
Senior party leaders and Bal Thackeray's nephew Raj Thackeray along with family and other political leaders rushed to Matoshree.
Meanwhile, security has been stepped up in the metropolis in the wake of Thackeray's death. The police also made the media persons move to a distance from Matoshree.
Thousands of supporters massed outside his residence as his death was announced at 4.45 pm to a shocked Maharashtra, whose political stage he dominated for over four decades with his hard, rightwing political views that often rocked the entire nation.
He was born on January 23, 1926. Thackeray started his career as a political cartoonist.
- Asian Tribune -