According to media reports, he died at the Royal Brompton hospital in London on Thursday at 2:30am. Aged 95, Hussain was on a self-imposed exile and living in Qatar. He died of lung congestion.
He had faced the ire of right wing groups for his bold portrayal of Hindu deities, especially the Shiv Sena and VHP. He also faced death threats. Saddened and often vocal of the treatment meted out to him by India, he was often quoted as saying that India will always be his home. [Read: MF Hussain - The barefoot saint who was an Indian beyond all]
Reports say that he died of heart attack. Twitter and other social media platforms are abuzz with news of the artist's death.
Referred to as the "Picasso of India" by the Forbes magazine, he grabbed headlines recently when one of his paintings sold for a whopping Rs 2.32 crore at the Bonham's auction in London.