Vilasrao Deshmukh passes away

Chennai: Union minister and former Maharashtra chief minister Vilasrao Deshmukh died here Tuesday after a prolonged illness. He was 67.

Deshmukh passed away around 2 p.m., sources at the Global Hospital said. Deshmukh was awaiting liver and kidney transplants. His family members, including his three sons, were by his side when he breathed his last.

On Monday, a person was declared brain dead, giving hope that Deshmukh may survive. Doctors were ready to harvest the organs when Deshmukh’s condition deteriorated.

Deshmukh, who was union science and technology minister, was rushed to Chennai from Mumbai on Aug 6. He had been in the intensive care unit since.

On July 19, Deshmukh was in New Delhi for the presidential election.

Both houses of parliament were adjourned as soon as the news of the Congress leader’s demise came in.

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