Syed Ahmed, Governor of Manipur passed away on 27 September at a private hospital in Mumbai.
Ahmed was suffering from cancer and admitted to Lilavati Hospital last week, they said.
He was 73 and is survived by wife, one son and two daughters.
Besides dabbling in politics, where he started his career in Congress, Ahmed also had a flair for writing, especially in Urdu. Ahmed held two master's degrees (in Hindi and English) and a doctorate in Urdu.
He has written an autobiography Pagdandi se Shahar Tak.
Ahmed was elected to the Maharashtra Assembly five times from the Nagpada constituency in Mumbai. Congress leader Gurudas Kamat condoled the death of Ahmed and said his demise was an irreparable loss to the party and the country.