Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mufti Mohammad Sayeed passed away at AIIMS, New Delhi on Thursday morning. He was 79 years old.
The Chief Minister breathed his last around 7.30 am, Education Minister and spokesman for Government Nayeem Akhter said.
Sayeed is survived by his wife, three daughters including PDP President Mehbooba Mufti, and a son.
The mortal remains of the Chief Minister would be flown to Srinagar where the body will be kept for people to have the last glimpse of their leader. He is likely be buried in his ancestral village in South Kashmir.
Sayeed was admitted with complaints of fever and neck pain on 24 December after which the doctors at AIIMS diagnosed him to have sepsis, decreased blood counts and pneumonia.
He was in the Intensive Care Unit of AIIMS and during hospitalisation his platelets had dropped dangerously low. For the past few days, the Chief Minister was on a ventilator.
Sayeed took over as chief minister of PDP-BJP coalition on 1 March last year.
Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh met the family of Sayeed in hospital.
"Just heard the terrible terrible news of Mufti Sahib's passing away. I'm shocked & deeply saddened. May he rest in peace," Omar Abdullah, former CM of J&K said on Twitter as the news broke out.
With Sayeed's demise, the state government is most likely to announce his daughter Mehbooba Mufti as the chief minister of J&K. If so, Mehbooba will be the first woman Chief Minister for the state of Jammu and Kashmir.
With inputs from PTI