Mizoram's Ziona Chana, who was the leader of the world's largest family with 39 wives and 94 children, died on Sunday.
He was 76 years old when he died shortly after being admitted to the Trinity Hospital in Aizawl, the state capital. He suffered from high blood pressure and diabetes, among other ailments.
Ziona had been ill since June 7 and had been unable to eat. Since June 11, he has been unconscious. Some medics from Aizawl had paid him a visit at his isolated Baktawng home and discovered that he required blood. After that, it was transfused.
Doctors recommended that he be admitted to a hospital and placed in the intensive care unit because he was unconscious. He was taken to the Trinity Hospital by ambulance from Aizawl at 2:50 p.m. on Sunday, but he died a few minutes later.
Ziona was the leader of the Chana pawl Christian sect, which allowed its male members to have many wives. Its believers are reported to number around 400 families.
There were 14 daughters-in-law, 33 grandchildren, and one great-grandchild for Ziona. The entire family lives in a four-story, 100-room home nestled in the hills. Ziona was named one of the top 11 strangest stories of 2011 by “Ripley's Believe It or Not.”