"He breathed his last at 10:45 this morning. It was multiple organ failure that led to his passing away. He will be taken to Varanasi and last rites will be performed there tomorrow," Shahid's son Mohammed Saif said.

The 56-year-old legend was admitted to Medanta the Medicity earlier this month after a bout of jaundice and dengue made his condition worse. He was airlifted from Varanasi.    

Known for his dribbling skills, Shahid was considered one of India's greatest hockey players. He was a member of the V Baskaran-led Indian team that won a gold medal at the 1980 Moscow Olympics.

He was also a part of the national team that won a silver medal at the Delhi Asian Games in 1982 and bronze in the Seoul Asiad in 1986.

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