Surat/Ahmedabad: Mahatma Gandhi’s grandson and ex-NASA scientist Kanubhai Gandhi died at a private hospital in the city on Monday. He was 87.
Kanubhai had suffered cardiac arrest and stroke and had been hospitalised for nearly a fortnight. He was under coma for last few days.
On Monday, after his wife Shivalaxmi gave her consent, Kanubhai was taken off the ventilator support.
Prime minister Narendra Modi tweeted, “Pained by the demise of Kanubhai Gandhi, the grandson of Gandhiji. Remembering my various interactions with him. May his soul rest in peace.”
Dhimant Badiya, who runs a khadi-outlet opposite Gandhi Ashram said, “After coming from US, Kanu Dada lived in Gandhi Ashram for nine months last year. It was his wish to die in his grandfather’s house but sadly that was not to be as he was shifted to Bochasan and later to Delhi old age home before returning to Surat.”
Gujarat Congress president also expressed condolences on demise of Kanubhai.
Kanubhai is the boy in the famous photograph where a little boy is seen pulling Mahatma Gandhi’s walking stick and leading him on a brisk beachside walk. He was born to Ramdas, Bapu’s third son, in 1928.