London: Renowned artist Maqbool Fida Husain, passed away in a Royal Brompton hospital, London, following a cardiac arrest at 2:30 am on Thursday. He was 95. Known for his controversial paintings, Hussain was in self imposed exile since 2006 after he received threats from several Hindu groups for his depiction of Hindu deities.
Termed as `Picasso of India` by the Forbes Magazine, Hussain was offered citizenship of Qatar in January 2010, where he was residing.
The artist's family has said that he his body will not be brought back to India for rituals. According to press reports, the last rights of the artist will be conducted in London.
Husain's last rights will be held in London.