01 March 2017
Ahemedabad: Popular Gujarati humourist Taarak Mehta passed away on Wednesday morning after prolonged illness.
Mehta was 88 when he breathed his last in Ahemedabad, his family confirmed. They intend to donate his body to science.
A relative of the writer, Atul Bhatt said: "He died of old age." Bhatt is a doctor.
Mehta's famous works include "Duniya Ne Undha Chasma", which inspired the hit Hindi sitcom "Taarak Mehta Ka Ooltah Chashmah". He has also written six popular Gujarati plays.
Born in December 26, 1929, Mehta was honoured with Padma Shri in 2015.
Condoling Mehta's demise, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said the popular Gujarati humourist's writings reflected the "unity in diversity" of India.
Modi tweeted on Wednesday: "I would like to pay tribute to the noted playwright and comedy writer Taarak Mehta. He never left the side of satire and pen."
Reminiscing about his meeting with Mehta, Modi said: "I have had the privilege of meeting Mehta several times. I also got a chance to meet him when he was honoured with the Padma Shri. His work reflects unity in diversity in India."