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2011: The Unexpected Death of Sai Baba

2011: The Unexpected Death of Sai Baba
Photo Credit To Wikipedia Commons / Sri Sathya Sai Super Specialty Hospital, Whitefield (suburb of Bangalore), Karnataka, India

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  • Historical event
  • 24 April 2011
  • His funeral allegedly brought together over 500,000 people including Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh (who is a Sikh by religion) and president of parliament Sonia Gandhi (widow of Rajiv Gandhi).

Sathya Sai Baba died on this day in 2011, in Puttaparthi, the same place where he was born.

He died at the age of 84, due to respiratory problems, at the hospital that he himself built for poor Indians.

His funeral allegedly brought together over 500,000 people, including Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh (who is a Sikh by religion) and president of parliament Sonia Gandhi (widow of Rajiv Gandhi). The Dalai Lama also expressed his regret over the death of Sai Baba.

Approximately 1,200 Sathya Sai Baba Centers in 114 countries existed worldwide, and the number of his followers was estimated at about 6 million.

It is assessed that, during his life, Sai Baba built schools, hospitals, and other charitable institutions worth $ 9 billion.

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