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    Abdul Kalam, who served as India’s president for five years from 2002 to 2007, died of a heart attack at the age of 83.

    NEW DELHI (Sputnik) — Former Indian President Abdul Kalam died Monday of a heart attack at the age of 83, a source in the country’s presidential administration told Sputnik.

    According to the source, the seizure happened at 7.45 p.m. local time (14:15 GMT).

    Kalam fainted during a lecture at the Indian Institute of Management in Shillong, the capital of the northeastern state of Meghalaya. The former president was hospitalized in a private clinic in the city.

    Physicist and a specialist in aerospace engineering, Abdul Kalam served as India’s president for five years from 2002 to 2007 and contributed to the development of missiles and India's nuclear program.

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