Shiv Sena chief Bal Thackeray died Saturday afternoon at his residence here, his doctor announced. He was 86.
Thackeray, who was in a critical condition for the last several days and kept an entire state on tenterhooks, died of cardiac arrest at 3.30 p.m.
Thousands of supporters massed outside his residence as his death was announced at 4.55 p.m. to a shocked Maharashtra, whose political stage he dominated for over four decades with his hard, rightwing political views that often rocked the entire nation.
He was born on January 23, 1926. Thackeray started his career as a political cartoonist.