According to the reports, he took his last breath at 7:50 am. Transport Minister Nitin Gadkari said that there were reports that Munde suffered a heart attack after the accident that lead to his death, but the exact reason of his death will be ascertained only after the post-mortem.
He also said, as reported by IBN Live, ''Munde's body will be taken to the party's headquarter at Ashoka Road at 12.30 pm on Tuesday. Munde’s cremation would take place at his native village in Latur, Maharashtra."
Gopinath Munde was a popular leader in Maharashtra, who was accessible to common people and had a huge fan following in the region. His dream was to reform and modernize the rural development ministry.
Munde was brother-in-law of the late BJP leader Pramod Mahajan. He was married to Mahajan's younger sister and after Mahajan's death, Munde was the guardian of the Mahajan family as well.
Social networking sites Facebook and Twitter were abuzz with the news since early morning.
Extremely saddened & shocked by the demise of my friend & colleague Gopinath Munde ji. His demise is a major loss for the Nation & the Govt.— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) June 3, 2014
Shocking & sad to know about Gopinath Munde ji's death in a road accident. Great loss to NDA. My condolences to the family.— N Chandrababu Naidu (@ncbn) June 3, 2014
Extremely sad & shocked by the demise of Shri Gopinath Munde. My deepest condolences to his family.— Sanjay nirupam (@sanjaynirupam) June 3, 2014
Deeply shocked to know of Shri Gopinath Munde's demise. He was a grassroots leader and known for his concern for poor people and farmers.— Rajnath Singh (@BJPRajnathSingh) June 3, 2014
Shocked & saddened by the news of Gopinath Munde Ji's sudden demise.The nation hs lost a tall leader. My heart felt condolences 2his family.— Vijay Kumar Singh (@Gen_VKSingh) June 3, 2014