Mumbai : Shiv Sena patriarch Bal Thackeray, who was critically ill for the past few days, passed away at his residence ‘Matoshree’ in suburban Bandra on Saturday.
He was 86. “He had suffered a cardiac arrest. We could not revive him despite our best efforts. He breathed his last at around 3:30 PM,” Dr Jalil Parkar, who treated the Sena supremo, told reporters after emerging from Thackeray residence Saturday evening.
Thackeray had been suffering from respiratory problems and pancreatic disease.He is survived by sons Jaidev and Uddhav, who is the Executive President of the party.
Senior party leaders and Bal Thackeray’s nephew Raj Thackeray along with family and other political leaders rushed to ‘Matoshree’.Meanwhile, security has been stepped up in the metropolis in the wake of Thackeray’s death.
The police also made the mediapersons move to a distance from Matoshree.President Pranab Mukherjee and Prime Minister Manmohan Singh condoled the death of Thackeray.
Dr Singh cancelled a dinner for BJP leaders scheduled on Saturday ahead of Parliament session following Sushma Swaraj’s request.