TNI News Service (TNS)

Webdesk, TNI Shillong, 27th July, 2015: Former president of India Dr A. P. J. Abdul Kalam passed away on Monday evening following a sudden illness in Shillong. Kalam (84) fell ill at a function in Shillong and was rushed to the hospital, M Kharkrang, SP Khasi Hills, said. Dr. Kalam has reportedly collapsed during a lecture at IIM Shillong at around 6.30 pm and was taken to the hospital. Meghalaya Governor V Shanmughanathan and Chief Secretary P B O Warjri visited Bethany hospital where Kalam has been admitted. Dr John Sailo, CEO, Bethany Hospital, Shillong confirmed to the press over the phone that Dr Kalam was brought without a pulse to the hospital. Speaking to the press, David Sailo, MD of Bethany Hospital said he was brought to the hospital at 7pm without a pulse or any other sign of life, and that efforts were made to revive him. At 7:45 pm, Dr Kalam was officially declared dead, he said. When asked what the cause of death was he said, “As for the cause of death, difficult to say, but it may have been a cardiac event.”

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