Former Prime Minister of Nepal, Marich Man Singh Shrestha, passed away at a hospital in Kathmandu on Thursday.

Mr. Shrestha, 70, who was suffering from lung cancer, breathed his last at the Norvic hospital, officials said.

He was undergoing treatment at a New Delhi-based Medicity Hospital for about a month and was airlifted to the capital on Tuesday night after no significant improvement was seen in his health.

Mr. Shreshta was kept on ventilator support in the Norvic hospital for some time.

He had served as Nepal’s Prime Minister for about four years till April 1990, when the political parties launched an agitation to restore democratic rights.

UCPN-Maoist chairman Prachanda and president of Rastriya Prajatantra Party Kamal Thapa paid tributes to Mr. Shrestha.

Meanwhile, his body has been kept at his residence in Dhapasi for condolence ceremony.