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Breaking: Bal Thackray Dies In Mumbai - Why Mumbai Bandh?

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The founder of Shiv Shena, Maharashtra's most iconic figure Bal Saheb Thakrey died at his residence Matoshree in suburban Bandra on Saturday after ailing for weeks.

"He had suffered a cardiac arrest. We could not revive him despite our best efforts. He breathed his last at around 3:33 pm," Dr Jalil Parkar, who treated the Sena supremo, said.

Thackeray had been suffering from lung and pancreatic ailments and had been under the supervision of doctors for the past two weeks. Before that he was admitted to hospital for a week in July following fever, stomach pain and other problems.

Bal thackrey commitment for Hinduism was bigger than anything. He was not just a Lion to Mumbaikers but to lacs of Kashmiri Pandits who lost homeland & to Tamils Of Eelam whose freedom he cared. Its said that his vigilance and dominance had kept Dawood Ibrahim & his aides out of Mumbai for over a decade. Now the irony is that the two doctors treating him are Jalil Parkar n Abdul Samad. Both muslims n north indians

Thackeray's body, wrapped in saffron and with his trademark dark glasses on, has been kept in a glass casket in a hall on the second floor of 'Matoshree', his residence in Bandra. It will be taken at 7am on Sunday to Shivaji Park, where legions of supporters are expected to pay their last respects between 10am and 5pm.

Shahrukh Khan regrets on twitter for the fact that he couldn't build the bridge between Bala Sahib & him because of personal issues. Bollywood celebrities from all over the country are paying him respect via twitter messages.

Twitter is at buzz after Bal Thackrey's death and the possible Mumbai Bandh. Speculations are that Bal Thackrey was probably died few days back but was declared today to avoid riots and chaos in Mumbai city.