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Eminent cartoonist R.K. Laxman dead
Monday January 26, 2015 7:40 PM, News Desk

Eminent cartoonist R.K. Laxman, who suffered multiple organ failure and was in a Pune hospital since last Friday, has died, family sources said. He was 94.

RK Laxman

Laxman, brother of late novelist R.K. Narayan, is survived by writer wife Kamala, retired journalist son Srinivas and daughter-in-law Usha.

Laxman, who created "The Common Man", and a current employee of The Times Of India, was admitted to a private nursing home in Pune Friday due to urinary tract infection and kidney failure.

He was put back on mechanical ventilator support after his health took a turn for the worse, becoming "very critical" since Sunday evening. Incidentally, he was taken off the ventilator last week after his health showed marginal but steady improvement, sparking hopes of a possible recovery.

"We have had to discontinue his dialysis as he was unable to bear the therapy," said Dr. Sameer Jog, who had been treating Mr. Laxman since January 17.

Last week, the cartoonist, whose health has been debilitated by hypertension and a series of strokes in the past, was being able to breathe on his own, sending out a positive signal to doctors

Further, he was being able to maintain his blood pressure with a lesser drug dose and his creatinine level (an indicator of the proper functioning of the kidneys) had restored to a normal count.

A Magsaysay laureate, Laxman's cartoons have regaled generations since 1950s till a few years ago when he stopped drawing due to ill health.

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