New Delhi: Kanu Gandhi, the grandson of Mahatma Gandhi died on Monday in Surat, Gujarat after a prolonged illness. He was 87 and is survived by his 90-year old wife Shivalaxmi.

On October 22, Kanu was admitted to a charitable hospitable in the city heart attack and brain haemorrhage which left his body paralysed, said his close friend of decades, Dhimant Badhia.

The last rites are likely to be performed in Surat on Tuesday morning.

Kanu was known for a photograph where he was holding his grandfather’s stick as a little boy during the historic Dandi march in 1930. After Gandhi’s death, he ran a rural centre Kasturbadham named after Kasturba Gandhi in Rajkot.

Kanu the former scientist served NASA for over 25 years. He also with US defence department on wing structures of fighter aircraft, while Shivalaxmi was a professor and researcher in Boston Biomedical Research Institute.