Kanu Ramdas Gandhi, grandson of Mahatma Gandhi and a former NASA scientist, breathed his last at a private hospital here on Monday evening, an aide said.
Kanu was 87 and is survived by his wife Shivalaxmi.
Kanu was famous as the boy who walked ahead of Mahatma Gandhi holding one end of his stick on the beaches of Gujarat’s Dandi village during the historic Salt Satyagraha of March-April 1930.
Pained by the demise of Kanubhai Gandhi, the grandson of Gandhi Ji. Remembering my various interactions with him. May his soul rest in peace— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) November 7, 2016
Kanu Gandhi, grandson of Mahatma Gandhi passes away. May his soul rest in peace.— Arvind Kejriwal (@ArvindKejriwal) November 7, 2016
Sad to learn about the sad demise of Kanubhai Gandhi, grandson of the Mahatma, my heartfelt condolences— President of India (@RashtrapatiBhvn) November 7, 2016
On October 22, he suffered a heart attack and brain haemorrhage which left his body paralysed. He lapsed into a coma, from which he never recovered, Dhimant Badhia, an old friend, told IANS.