Lawrence Fernandes dead

Staff Reporter

BANGALORE: Lawrence Fernandes, former Mayor of Bangalore and younger brother of former Defence Minister and NDA Convenor, George Fernandes, died of cardiac arrest here on Monday.

He was 73.

The former Mayor had complained of chest pain and was taken to St. John's Hospital where he died.

He is survived by five brothers, including Mr. George Fernandes, Michael Fernandes, Paul Fernandes, Louis Fernandes and Richard Fernandes.

A socialist leader, Lawrence Fernandes was imprisoned along with brother Michael Fernandes at the Central Prison here during Emergency.

He had served as Mayor in 1980, and was a corporator of the Richmond Town ward earlier.

He had also unsuccessfully contested as a Janata Dal candidate for the Bangalore North Lok Sabha Constituency during 1987-88.

Funeral on Thursday

The funeral will be held on Thursday. Mr. George Fernandes, who is now on election campaign in Bihar, is expected to arrive on Wednesday, family sources said.

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