Is A P J Abdul Kalam dead

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Former Indian President A.P.J. Abdul Kalam died yesterday on Monday at the age of 83. According to Indian media, he collapsed during a lecture in the northeastern city of Shillong. Subsequent resuscitation attempts in the hospital failed, it said.

Kalam was president from 2002 to 2009 and is considered the father of the Indian missile program. Prior to becoming president, he served decades in defense and space research.

In 1989 Kalam developed the Agni missile capable of nuclear weapons. In 1998 he helped the second nuclear test to a success and was celebrated as a national hero in India, which was fighting an arms race with Pakistan.

Kalam was born the son of Islamic fishermen and was the third Islamic president of India. Prime Minister Narendra Modi wrote on Twitter that India mourns the death of a great scientist, extraordinary president and moving figure.

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