He was 88.
"It happened suddenly. He was sitting on a chair and did not respond when spoken to. A doctor was called who pronounced him dead," said a source close to the former cricketer.
Gavaskar, who is in Dubai [ Images ], is on his way to Bangalore, the source added.
He passed away at the residence of his daughter Kavita, who is married to former Test star Gundappa Viswanath.