Bharatiya Janata Party leader and Union minister Ananth Kumar died at the age of 59 on Monday in Bengaluru. The Karnataka government declared a three-day mourning period for Ananth Kumar. Kumar was undergoing treatment for cancer. Kumar is survived by his wife and two daughters. He was in the spotlight when he became the youngest minister in the Atal Bihari Vajpayee cabinet in 1998. Kumar was serving as the Union Cabinet Minister for Parliamentary Affairs and Chemicals and Fertilizers in the current government.