Phundkar, 67, was admitted to the K.J. Somaiya Hospital on Wednesday where his condition reportedly deteriorated followed by the massive heart attack. He breathed his last at around 4.35 a.m. on Thursday.
Top Bharatiya Janata Party state and central leaders have expressed shock and grief over Phundkar’s sudden demise.
Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis and other senior leaders will visit the hospital to pay their last respects.
Phundkar’s body is likely to be taken to his native village in Khamgaon, Buldhana district of Vidarbha, for the last rites later on Thursday.