Shiv Sena chief Bal Thackeray died in Mumbai at 3:33pm today. He was 86.
The death was announced in a brief statement by doctors from Lilavati Hospital who had been treating him.
He is survived by his sons Jaidev and Uddhav, who is the executive president of the Shiv Sena, which Mr Thackeray founded in 1966.
His immediate family, nephew Raj Thackeray and the top leadership of the Shiv Sena were with him in his Bandra residence Matoshree in his last moments.
Shiv Sena supporters who had gathered outside Mr Thackeray’s home broke down and tried to console each other. Thousands more are expected to reach Matoshree to express their grief. Security, already present in the area around Matoshree as well as Shiv Sena Bhavan, the party headquarters, has been stepped up again.