Thackeray was admitted to Lilavati hospital’s intensive care unit in Mumbai on 25 July 2012 after he complained of breathlessness. As per reports on 14 November, he stopped eating and was on continuous oxygen.
His immediate family including son and successor Uddhav, nephew Raj Thackeray and the top leadership of the Shiv Sena were with him at his Bandra residence, Matoshree, in his last moments.
Shiva Sainiks in the areas where the party draws support forced shops to close. These included: Vakola, Shivaji Nagar, Chembur, Navi Mumbai, Andheri, Parel, Dadar and Matunga, amongst others. In other parts of Mumbai, some shops voluntary closed, citing the risk of untoward incidents should Thackeray’s health deteriorate and possibly be fatal.
Thackeray died on 17 November 2012 at “Matoshree”, his Mumbai residence, following cardio-respiratory arrest, according to his physician.