Famous Indian Painter M.F. Hussain Is Dead

News reports say that Maqbool Fida Hussain, India's most famous modern painter, has died in London. He was 95.

CNN-IBN TV is quoting a friend, Arun Vadehra, as saying that Hussain died at Royal Brompton hospital in London on Thursday.

Hussain had lived in self-imposed exile in Dubai since 2005 after coming under attack from Hindu hard-liners in India for a nude painting of a woman shaped like India's map.

No details of the cause of his death were immediately known.

Hussain was a former movie billboard artist who rose to become India's most sought-after painter, whose work commanded price tags running into millions of dollars.

His paintings and even his simple pencil sketches became status symbols for India's wealthy elite.

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