Former Indian Ambassador to the US Naresh Chandra passed away on Sunday night due to multiple organ failure. He was 82.

He was admitted to the hospital on Friday evening with complaints of fever and with myalgia (muscle pain) since three days followed with multiple episodes of vomiting and loose stools from the afternoon onwards,” Shekhar Salkar, chief of clinical services at Manipal Hospital, Goa was quoted as saying by news agency PTI.

Chandra was later shifted to ICU where he suffered a cardiac arrest on Friday night. Although Doctors were able to revive him, his organs had started failing.

“On July 09 at 10.05 p.m., he suffered another cardiac arrest.. Despite all the efforts the patient could not be revived and he was declared dead at 10.40 pm,” Salkar said.

Chandra had served as the Cabinet Secretary from 1990-92 and was the Indian Ambassador to the US from 1996 to 2001. He was awarded with India’s second highest civil honour Padma Vibhushan in 2017.