Padma Lakshmi`s beau Theodore Forstmann dies

Updated: Nov 21, 2011, 12:59 PM IST

New York: Theodore Forstmann, a business leader and philanthropist who was romantically linked to Indian born actress-model Padma Lakshmi, died on Sunday. He was 71.

Forstmann suffered from brain cancer, his spokesman told The New York Times.

The billionaire never married Lakshmi, 41, but was dating her for a long time. Their relationship made headlines when she gave birth to now 1-year-old daughter Krishna in February 2010, which spawned speculation over the identity of the father. But it was later revealed that Venture capitalist Adam Dell is the father.

Forstmann was also briefly linked to Princess Diana. According to The Diana Chronicles by Newsweek, the two were plotting to wed in the last weeks of her life.

The businessman, who invested in companies ranging from Gulfstream Aerospace to Dr Pepper, is survived by his two sons, Siya and Everest, brothers Anthony and John, and sisters Marina Forstmann Day and Elissa Forstmann Moran.

PTI