He had been admitted to a private hospital around ten days ago for a urinary tract infection and lung problems.
As there was no improvement in his condition, he was shifted to the Dinanath Mangeshkar Hospital here and put on a ventilator last Sunday (January 18, 2015).
R.K. Laxman had suffered multiple organs failure, but responded well to the treatment and bounced back. Three days later, he was removed off the ventilator and shifted to the intensive care unit.
Born in 1921 in Mysore, R.K. Laxman had no formal training in cartooning but the work he put out over decades was sheer genius. He began by drawing for local papers, and illustrating the stories of his famous elder brother, novelist R K Narayan, while still at college.
The recipient of numerous awards, among them the Padma Bhushan, Padma Vibhushan and Magsaysay Award, his fan base ran into millions.
His Common Man, created in 1957, was the symbol of India’s ordinary people and his humour was always delightful.
R.K. Laxman continued cartooning for the Times Of India till 2010, even after suffering a stroke in 2003 which paralysed his left side.
In 2010, he suffered another stroke and could not speak but no one could hold a candle to his brush strokes. Ill-health forced him to stop cartooning for the Times Of India but he continued drawing till the very end.
His last few years were spent in Pune. In the middle of January, he was admitted to hospital to treat a throat infection but complications ensued. The end came after multi-organ failure.
R.K. Laxman, India’s best-known cartoonist and brother of late novelist R.K. Narayan, is survived by writer wife Kamala, retired journalist son Srinivas and daughter-in-law Usha.
R.K. Laxman, creator of the iconic Common Man, passed away in a private hospital today Monday (January 26, 2015) after a brief illness. He was ninety ...3.5