Oscar Fernandes, a former Union minister and a senior Congress leader, passed away at a private hospital in Mangaluru. He was 80.
Fernandes, a sitting Rajya Sabha MP, was undergoing treatment at a private hospital in Mangaluru after he suffered a fall while exercising. He is survived by his wife Blossom Fernandes and two children.
According to family members, the last rites of Fernandes are likely to take place in his home district of Udupi on Tuesday.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi was among those who expressed their condolences. “Saddened by the demise of Rajya Sabha MP Shri Oscar Fernandes Ji. In this sad hour, my thoughts and prayers are with his family and well-wishers. May his soul rest in peace,” PM Modi said.
Senior Congress leader M Veerappa Moily extended his condolences to the family, stating that he had “lost a personal friend, the nation has lost a great leader and the party has lost a devoted leader.”