Indian death row prisoner Sarabjit Singh breathed his last around 12-45 a.m. on Thursday at Lahore's Jinnah Hospital where he had been on life-support since April 26 after being brutally attacked in Kot Lakhpat Jail by fellow inmates.

News of his death broke soon after though there was no official announcement. Details of his death were sketchy. It appears he was taken off the ventilator after his condition worsened towards the middle of the night. Security was beefed up around the hospital and the mortuary soon after television channels began reporting his death

He had sustained severe head injuries and had slipped into coma soon after admission to the Jinnah Hospital last Friday. Hours before his death, diplomatic sources had indicated that Pakistan was “positively considering'' his repatriation to India. His family had returned to India on Wednesday morning after spending three days with him in Lahore.