Shillong: Former President A P J Abdul Kalam, the 'missile man' who became popular as 'People's President' died on Monday after he suffered a massive cardiac arrest and collapsed during a lecture at the IIM here this evening.
Kalam, who would have turned 84 in October, was confirmed dead more than two hours after he was wheeled into the ICU of Bethany hospital in a critical condition following the collapse at around 6.30 PM.
Arriving at the Indian Institute of Management around 5.40 PM, he took rest for sometime and started the lecture on 'Livable Planet' at 6.35 pm. He collapsed five minutes later, according to Director, IIM-Shillong, as per PTI.
Considered the most popular president, Kalam became the 11th head of the state and occupied the post between 2002 and 2007 but lack of consensus denied a second term in office for a man who came from outside the rough and tumble of politics.
Following is his last post on micro-b;logging site Twitter: "Going to Shillong to take course on livable planet at IIM."
Going to Shillong.. to take course on Livable Planet earth at iim.
With @srijanpalsingh and Sharma.
— APJ Abdul Kalam (@APJAbdulKalam) July 27, 2015
(With PTI inputs)