Oncologist and founder of Belgaum Cancer Hospital, Sandeep Madhwapathy (52), passed away following a massive cardiac arrest at his home-gym in Shivabasavanagar in the city on Saturday morning. He is survived by mother Kumudini Madhwapathy, wife Madhuri, a son and a daughter.

Dr. Madhwapathy, who after his pre-university at G.S. Science College in the city obtained a medical degree from the Karnataka Institute of Medical Sciences, Hubli, had set up the cancer hospital, the first one in the private sector in this part of the State with speciality services.

Sources close to family and staff at the hospital said Dr. Madhwapathy, as usual, went for morning exercise at his home-gym. When he did not come out even after one-and-a-half hour, the family members went to check but found the door bolted from inside. When there was no response, they broke open the door and found him lying dead.

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