NEW DELHI: Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mufti Mohammed Sayeed died Thursday morning at the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) where he was admitted for the past 15 days.
The chief minister breathed his last around 7.30 am, Education Minister and spokesman for Government Nayeem Akhter said here.
Sayeed, 79, 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 December 24 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 hospitalization 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 March 1 last year.
Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh met the family of Sayeed in hospital.