Legendary cartoonist R K Laxman has died in a private hospital in Pune after a brief illness. He was 94. Laxman was admitted to hospital some ten days earlier for a urinary tract infection and lung problems. His condition deteriorated and he was put on a ventilator. He suffered multiple organ failure and responded well to treatment but a few days later he was taken off the ventilator and moved to the ICU. Laxman, brother of late novelist RK Narayan is survived by his writer wife Kamala, retired journalist son Srinivas and daughter-in-law Usha. He was renowned for his iconic cartoon "Common Man' that ran for several decades in The Times of India.