Today the Master leaved us.
Kalashnikov, who had been suffering from heart and intestinal problems in recent years, had been in intensive care in Izhevsk – where the plant that produces the eponymous rifles is located – since November 17. The official cause of death will be revealed following a mandatory autopsy.
A public funeral will be organized by the regional administration, in consultation with surviving relatives, though no date has been named so far.
For most of his life, Kalashnikov was feted as a straightforward hero.
The self-taught peasant turned tank mechanic who never finished high school, but achieved a remarkable and lasting feat of engineering while still in his twenties.
Rest in peace!