Abdul Kalam, former president of India, passes away at 84, July 27, 2015

Abdul Kalam, former president of India, passes away at 84, July 27, 2015

Former President A P J Abdul Kalam, the ‘missile man’ who became popular as ‘People’s President’ died today after he suffered a massive cardiac arrest and collapsed during a lecture at the IIM here this evening.

Kalam, who would have turned 84 in October, was confirmed dead more than two hours after he was wheeled into the ICU of Bethany hospital in a critical condition following the collapse at around 6.30 PM.

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Former President A P J Abdul Kalam, the ‘missile man’ who became popular as ‘People’s President’ died today after he suffered a massive cardiac arrest and collapsed during a lecture at the IIM here this evening.

Kalam, who would have turned 84 in October, was confirmed dead more than two hours after he was wheeled into the ICU of Bethany hospital in a critical condition following the collapse at around 6.30 PM.
  • Born: October 15, 1931 (age 83), Rameswaram, India
  • Died: July 27, 2015, Shillong, India
  • Full name: Avul Pakir Jainulabdeen Abdul Kalam
  • Awards: Bharat Ratna, Padma Bhushan, Padma Vibhushan, more
  • Movies: Ek Aadat
Avul Pakir Jainulabdeen Abdul Kalam was the 11th President of India from 2002 to 2007. A career scientist turned reluctant politician, Kalam was born and raised in Rameswaram, Tamil Nadu and studied physics and aerospace engineering.