Bal Thackeray, born 23 January 1926, the founder and chief of the Shiv Sena, is considered the 'Hindu Hriday Samraat' by his supporters and party workers. He began his professional career as a cartoonist but left it in 1960 to form his own political weekly Marmik. Thackeray is the founder of the Marathi-language newspaper Samana and the Hindi-language newspaper Dophar Ka Samana.
He died today after a protracted illness, reportedly due to a cardiac arrest.
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