AHMEDABAD -- Popular Gujarati humourist, writer and playwright Taarak Mehta passed away on Wednesday morning after prolonged illness. He was 88.
Mehta breathed his last in Ahmedabad, his family confirmed. They also intend to donate Mehta's body to science.
A relative of the writer, Atul Bhatt, said: "He died of old age."
Mehta's famous works include "Duniya Ne Undha Chasma", which inspired the hit Hindi sitcom "Taarak Mehta Ka Ooltah Chashmah". He has also written six popular Gujarati plays.
Born on 26 December, 1929, Mehta was honoured with Padma Shri in 2015.
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