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Former President APJ Abdul Kalam Dies at 83

Former President APJ Abdul Kalam died on Monday at a hospital in Meghalaya, where he had gone to deliver a lecture at the Indian Institute of Management in Shillong, reports Press Trust of India. He was 83.

Dr Kalam reportedly collapsed on stage at the IIM in Shillong and was rushed to hospital.

He was the 11th President on India between 2002 and 2007.

Doctors say he suffered from a cardiac arrest.

Dr Kalam was born in Rameswaram on October 15, 1931, to a boatman.

He played a pivotal role in India’s Pokhran-II nuclear test in 1998, the first since the test by India in 1974. He was known as the missile man of India.

For his achievements, he was awarded the Padma Bhushan and Bharat Ratna, and then he became the 11th President of India in 2002. (PTI)