Former Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh chief K S Sudarshan died in Raipur, Chhattisgarh on Saturday after suffering a heart attack.
Sudarshan, 81, is survived by a brother and sister.
The ex-RSS chief, who had arrived in the city two days back, died at the RSS office in Raipur around 7 am.
His body will be taken to the RSS headquarters in Nagpur later in the day and the funeral will be held on Sunday.
Sudarshan hailed from Kuppalli village of Mandya district in Karnataka.
He served as Pracharak of Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) for six decades and became its Sarasanghachalak in 2000 and held the post till 2009.
In August, he had gone missing from his brother's house in Mysore in Karnataka and found after a five hour search.