Brij Bedi, social activist and the husband of first woman IPS officer Kiran Bedi, on Sunday died at a hospital in Gurgaon following a cardiac arrest.
"Brij Bedi, 76, was suffering from cancer in the bladder, which affected his kidneys too. He was undergoing treatment for the past five months both in Amritsar and Delhi," Kiran Bedi told PTI.
"He was airlifted from Fortis-Escorts in Amritsar and brought to Medanta - the Medicity Hospital on January 28 and admitted in the ICU," Bedi said.
He died around 11 am after a cardiac arrest.
City of Amritsar lost a man who loved his city the most. One who gave all his life to the cause of the needy. We will carry fwd his serviceâ€” Kiran Bedi (@thekiranbedi) January 31, 2016
He loved his City,Amritsar. Worked passionately to make it better.He educated d children of father's lost to drugs.. pic.twitter.com/i6aWfWtuvFâ€” Kiran Bedi (@thekiranbedi) January 31, 2016
Brij Bedi also founded a school in Amritsar which provides education to around 600 children, whose fathers are drug addicts. He was a social activist, an avid photographer and a painter.
Delhi BJP president Satish Upadhyay condoled the death of Brij Bedi saying, "He was a pious man who played an important role in allowing illustrious growth of Kiran Bedi", who was BJP's chief ministerial candidate in the 2015 Assembly election.
Bedi's last rites will be performed in Amritsar on Monday.
'Son of Amritsar' receives a final farewell today by his family, friends, admirers, his school children & others pic.twitter.com/vmEbfhv4YIâ€” Kiran Bedi (@thekiranbedi) February 1, 2016
Brij Bedi and Kiran Bedi got married in 1972. They have a daughter.
After the news spread about his death, many BJP leaders from Haryana and Delhi visited to hospital.
Meanwhile, Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal has mourned the demise of Brij Bedi and said he would be remembered by the people for his philanthropic deeds and commitment to the service of mankind.
He also expressed his sympathies for the bereaved family.