SHILLONG: Former President A P J Abdul Kalam passed away, he was admitted to a hospital following sudden illness.
Popularly called the "Missile Man" of India, Dr APJ Abdul Kalam rose from humble beginnings and earned the reputation of being the "people's President" who endeared himself to all all sections, especially the young.
Kalam (84) took ill at a function here and was rushed to the hospital, M Kharkrang, SP Khasi Hills, said. The former President collapsed during a lecture at the Indian Institute of Management here at around 6.30pm 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.