Former Karnataka Chief Minister N Dharam Singh died of a massive heart attack at a private hospital here today, doctors said. Eighty-year-old Singh, ailing for the last few months, fainted at his home and was rushed to M S Ramaiah hospital where doctors declared him dead about 40 minutes later. Singh headed the Congress-JD(S) coalition government from 2004 to 2006. A nine-time MLA and a former Member of Parliament, he had also headed the Karnataka Pradesh Congress Committee.
“He was sweating profusely (when he was brought to the hospital). Cardiologists attended to him but he was not responding and declared dead around 11.30 am,” Dr.V R Anil Kumar, Associate Professor, Department of Emergency Medicine, told PTI. He is survived by wife, two sons and a daughter. The veteran Congressman had served in the ministries of D Devaraj Urs, R Gundu Rao, Veerappa Moily and S M Krishna holding key portfolios, including Home and Public Works Department.