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Legendary hockey player Shankar Laxman dies

The former custodian, who represented India in three successive Olympics, was suffering from gangrene.

india Updated: Apr 29, 2006 10:43 IST

Legendary Indian hockey goalkeeper of 1950s and 60s, Shankar Laxman died in Mhow on Saturday.

Laxman, 72, is survived by his wife, son and three daughters.

The former custodian, who represented India in three successive Olympics beginning 1956, was suffering from 'gangrene' in one of his legs and doctors had advised amputation, family sources said.

But the Laxman avoided it for some time and was undergoing alternate treatment for the ailment.

Born on July 7, 1933, Laxman captained the Indian team at the 1966 Asian Games and was conferred the Padma Shri the next year.