Prime Minister Narendra Modi expressed his grief over the death of noted writer and journalist Arun Sadhu who passed away early Monday at a hospital following a heart condition.

“PM expressed grief of the demise of noted writer & journalist Shri Arun Sadhu. He extends deepest condolences to his family & admirers,” the Office of the Prime Minister tweeted.

The 76-year-old, who straddled the worlds of literature and journalism with equal elan, breathed his last at the Sion Hospital, where he was admitted on Sunday for a heart ailment.

He was in a critical condition and put on ventilator support in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU), hospital sources said.

Sadhu was known for his work in Mumbai Dinank, which was his first novel, and the book Simhasan, which was adapted into a Marathi film.

Sadhu, who worked with several newspapers, also wrote various novels in Hindi, English and Marathi for which he received a Sahitya Akademi award.

He was conferred with the Bharatiya Bhasha Parishad, NC Kelkar and Acharya Atre awards also.

The veteran scribe wrote on the rise of Shiv Sena, the Vietnam war and the Chinese revolution, besides several short stories.