A.P.J. Abdul Kalam, who won popular acclaim as India's president in 2002-07, passed away on Monday evening after collapsing during a lecture at the IIM-Shillong, officials said.
"Kalam is no more," Meghalaya Chief Secretary P.B.O. Warjri told IANS, shortly after the president passed away at the Bethany Hospital where he was taken to from the management school. Doctors said Kalam suffered cardiac arrest.
The news went viral on Facebook and Twitter. The social media response to Abdul Kalam death was tragic as people were in shock after hearing the news. The Twitter reactions on Abdul Kalam death were of such an extent that APJ Abdul Kalam and #RIPAbdulKalam started trending within few minutes.
Upon hearing the sad news, Bollywood celebrities took to social to react to the sudden demise of Dr. Kalam.
Sad to hear about the loss of our only peoples president - Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam. Big loss to not just our nation but the whole world.
— Ajay Devgn (@ajaydevgn) July 27, 2015
— Sonakshi Sinha (@sonakshisinha) July 27, 2015
A life well lived is one that leaves behind the road of possibilities and inspiration. What a spectacular path Dr. Abdul Kalam paved. RIP.
— Nimrat Kaur (@NimratOfficial) July 27, 2015
So sad to hear about the Gurdaspur terror attack & now the news of Dr. Kalam's demise. May Allah bring peace upon all.
— Shah Rukh Khan (@iamsrk) July 27, 2015
Dr. Kalam, when you became the President, you gave the word 'hope' a new meaning for Indians... Today, we have... http://t.co/ld4rtRwqWA
— A.R.Rahman (@arrahman) July 27, 2015
"A visionary passes away" Abdul Kalam a brilliant mind and soul. His book Wings Of Fire is a must for every youth of our country.
— Varun MAUJI Dhawan (@Varun_dvn) July 27, 2015
RIP APJ Abdul Kalam. India loses a fine citizen & a fantastic human being today.
— Arjun Kapoor (@arjunk26) July 27, 2015
A sad day ,my ex president A.P.J.Abdul Kalam is no more. A man who made India what it is , a superpower.I deeply loved and respected you sir
— John Abraham (@TheJohnAbraham) July 27, 2015
Abdul kalam - an inspiration to an entire nation.. Sir, we are forever indebted to you..!!!
— rajamouli ss (@ssrajamouli) July 27, 2015
It was Dr Kalam who told me that Bapu was in Bengal healing the wounds of partition while the nation celebrated its first Independence Day!
— Mahesh Bhatt (@MaheshNBhatt) July 27, 2015
It's a great loss to the country !! Feeling terrible. Rest in peace Dr.Abdul kalam sir
— Dhanush (@dhanushkraja) July 27, 2015
RIP APJ Kalam. A visionary, a man of honour and Indias pride. Salute! #Respect
— Lara Dutta Bhupathi (@LaraDutta) July 27, 2015
Visionary....legendary and with so much dignity....a big loss to the country....RIP #APJAbdulKalam
— Karan Johar (@karanjohar) July 27, 2015
"Dream, dream, dream.. Dreams transform into thoughts and thoughts result in action." - Dr APJ Abdul Kalam. RIP
— Alia Bhatt (@aliaa08) July 27, 2015
— Sidharth Malhotra (@S1dharthM) July 27, 2015
Kalam saab was an amazing teacher and in his last tweet he said he is on his way to iim .
when ur heart says you should meet someone, don't delay. i always wanted to meet Kalam saab and i should have made the effort . my loss .