Noted author and Padma Shri awardee Manu Sharma died here following a prolonged illness.
He was 89.
Manu Sharma alias Hanuman Prasad Sharma died at his residence yesterday, his family sources said.
Sharma had donated his lifetime savings of Rs 20 lakh for the renovation of a 'ghat' in Varanasi to carry out a cleanliness campaign.
His last rites were performed at the Manikarnika Ghat with full state honours, the family sources said.
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