INDIA is deeply saddened at the sudden demise of the former president of India Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam. He was an inspiration to an entire generation. Dr. Kalam was a man of impeccable character, indomitable spirit, profound knowledge and firm conviction. The death of Dr. Kalam is an irreparable loss to this nation. He has left a big void hard to fill. We Indian deeply mourn his death. REST IN PEACE Kalam Sir.FORMER PRESIDENT AND INDIA’S ‘MISSILE MAN’ DR. APJ ABDUL KALAM PASSES AWAY!
Former President Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam popularly known as India’s “Missile Man” passed away in Shillong on Monday night. He was at the Indian Institute of Management in Shillong for a course on liveable planet earth. Reports say Dr. Kalam reportedly collapsed during the function after suffering from a massive heart attack and was rushed to Bethany Hospital.
The eighty three year old former President was taken to the hospital immediately and though doctors struggled to revive him for almost 45 minutes, he was declared dead.
Dr John Sailoh, CEO, Bethany Hospital, Shillong confirmed to The Quint, over phone that Dr Kalam was brought dead to the hospital.
Dr Sailoh said that he was taken to the ICU and attempts were made to revive him, but in vain. When asked what the cause of death was he said, “I would think it was a massive cardiac arrest,” The Quint quoted him as saying.
Born as Avul Pakir Jainulabdeen Abdul Kalam on 15 October 1931, he served as India’s 11th President from 2002 to 2007.
Born and raised in Tamil Nadu’s Ramanathapuram district, he went to study at the Madras Institute of Technology. Having started his career at the Defence Research and Developement Organisation (DRDO), Kalam worked under Vikram Sarabhai, to established the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO).
Kalam was called the “Missile Man” as he played an important role in Pokhran II Missile test.
Dr. Kalam is the receipient of the Padma Bhushan and the Padma Vibhushan and the Bharat Ratna for his work with ISRO and DRDO.