Former Nepalese PM Krishna Prasad Bhattarai dead

Last Updated: Fri, Mar 04, 2011 21:08 hrs

Kathmandu: Nepal's former prime minister Krishna Prasad Bhattarai, the last surviving founding leader of Nepali Congress, died on Friday night at a hospital here.

He was 87.

The doctors at the Norvic International Hospital here where Bhattarai was admitted pronounced him dead at 11:26 pm, the Republica reported.

"Bhattarai died of cardiac arrest," Executive Director and Consultant Cardiologist at the hospital Dr Bharat Rawat was quoted as saying by the paper.

Bhattarai, who was admitted to hospital three weeks ago, had renal shutdown and doctors had given up almost all hope of saving him.

His body was taken to his Ashram in Bandegaun, Lalitpur after midnight.

Earlier, President Ram Baran Yadav had visited the hospital at around 10 in the evening after hearing of Bhattarai's terminal condition.

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BhattaraiÂŽs condition had deteriorated significantly on Wednesday and he had slipped into a coma.

He had low oxygen levels with kidney, lungs and heart complications. His cerebral function was also very low with low oxygen and blood flow to the brain.

He had not eaten anything for six days and was being fed through a tube inserted in the stomach via the nose while oxygen was being given through a bipap machine till Friday morning.

He had heart and lungs problems for 15 years and kidney problem for 10 years.

Bhattarai was the prime minister of the Interim Government in Nepal after the successful People's Movement of 1990 which brought democracy to the country.