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Vilasrao Deshmukh's passes away : 1945 - 2012

Union Minister for Science and Technology Vilasrao Deshmukh, 67, who was undergoing treatment for a liver ailment, died at a Chennai hospital today. The Minister died of multiple organ failure around 1400 hrs even as the doctors were trying to find a donor for his liver transplant. An attempt to harvest liver from a brain dead donor from a government hospital here last night failed as the man died before doctors could operate on him, hospital sources told PTI.

A team from Global Hospitals, where Deshmukh was admitted on August 6, had planned to retrieve the liver from the 31-year-old donor at the hospital, but he died, forcing them to look for another donor, the sources said. Following this, the hospital said they were looking for a liver donor. The former Maharashtra Chief Minister had shown signs of improvement and been on and off the ventilator before being prepared for a transplant. he mortal remains of the departed leader will be brought to Latur tomorrow and kept at his house in Babhalgaon from 9 am to 3 pm for people to pay their last respects. He is survived by wife, Vaishali Deshmukh, and three sons -- Amit Deshmukh who is the MLA of Latur city, Ritesh and Dheeraj.  The former Maharashtra Chief Minister had been rushed to Chennai last week for medical treatment as his health condition worsened. He was air-dashed to Global Hospital to undergo a liver transplant.