Bangalore: Jnanpith awardee and renowned Kannada writer UR Ananthamurthy Friday died at a hospital in Bangalore, where he was undergoing treatment for kidney failure.
The 82-year-old was said to be in critical condition and was on multi-monitor support. He was hospitalised for infection and fever 10 days ago.
"....Anantha Murthy has been unwell for a while, he had multiple problems including kidney disease for which he had been on dialysis for the last few years......," Manipal Hospital Medical Director & Chairman - Medical Advisory Board H Sudarshan Ballal told reporters earlier today.
According to doctors, Mr Murthy's "condition had deteriorated in the last day or so."
Mr Ananthamurthy was a new voice in Kannada literature. His novel Samskara questioned established caste conventions and caused controversy when it was published in the 1960s.