HMEDABAD, India: Mahatma Gandhi’s grandson Kanu Gandhi, worked for NASA for over two decades before returning to India in 2014, died at the age of 87 on Monday, two weeks after being admitted to hospital in western Gujarat state following a stroke.
One of several grandchildren of India’s famous independence leader, Kanu was a scientist for NASA but spent the final months of his life living an ashram in Surat, in the Indian state of Gujarat. He had suffered a stroke and had been in hospital since October 26.
Indian Prime minister Narendra Modi tweeted his condolences, saying he was “pained by the demise of Kanubhai Gandhi”.
Kanu was born in 1928 to Ramdas Gandhi, the Mahatma’s third son, and was 17 years old when his grandfather was assassinated in Delhi.
Kanu studied at Massachusetts Institute of Technology in the United States. He and his wife Shivalaxmi hit the headlines earlier this year after they were found living in a home for senior citizens and destitute in New Delhi, causing a public outcry.
The couple had wanted to spend their final years in their ancestral home Porbandar, which is now controlled by the government.