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Former president Dr Abdul Kalam passes away in Shillong hospital

Speed News Desk | Updated on: 13 February 2017, 3:25 IST
> APJ Abdul Kalam was speaking at a function at IIM, Shillong when he collapsed due a cardiac arrest at around 7 pm today.

> He was rushed to a nearby hospital, where he breathed his last. Official sources have confirmed that he has been put on the ventilator in the ICU.

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> An army doctor had been called to the Bethany Hospital, Shillong, for the former president.

> His death was confirmed at around 9 pm.

> 83-year-old Kalam had served as the 11th President of India.

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> Parliament to be adjourned tomorrow after paying homage. Simultaneously, a seven day state mourning has been announced.

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> Entire nation condoles the death of Dr Kalam, from politicians to B-town

> Dr Kalam's body to be taken to the Shillong Military Hospital. It will be flown in to Guwahati tomorrow and to Delhi from there.

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> The decision on where the state funereal will take place will come tomorrow, although Rameshwaram is a likely choice.

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First published: 27 July 2015, 9:20 IST