The world-renowned Russian small arms designer, Lieutenant General Mikhail Kalashnikov, has died in the intensive care unit at the Central General Hospital in Russia’s Udmurtia region. He was 94 years old.

The news came through a Udmurtian government Facebook account.

The first prototype AK-47 automatic assault rifle was assembled in 1943 by 24-year-old WWII veteran Staff Sergeant Kalashnikov.

Russian President Vladimir Putin has offered his condolences to Mikhail Kalashnikov’s friends and family members in connection with the death of the outstanding small arms designer, Putin’s press service announced.

Mikhail Kalashnikov died on December 23 after a prolonged serious illness. He was 94 years old.

According to medical officials in the Russian region of Udmurtia, Smalls arms designer, General Mikhail Kalashnikov, who’s condition was already critical while receiving treatment in hospital, has taken a sudden turn for the worse.

Doctors describe the patient as ‘serious, but stable’. Lieutenant General Kalashnikov is 94

The famous AK-47 automatic assault rifle was first assembled in 1943 by 24-year-old WWII veteran Sergeant Kalashnikov.

Arms designer Kalashnikov taken to intensive care

Famous arms designer Mikhail Kalashnikov has been taken to the intensive care unit at the Udmurtian Clinical Diagnostic Center in Izhevsk, Udmurtian Health Minister Vladimir Muzlov has announced.

“He was hospitalized in the Clinical Diagnostic Center. He is in intensive care,” said the minister on Monday.

Earlier reports citing the Udmurtian Health Ministry said that Kalashnikov was hospitalized on Sunday due to the deterioration of his condition. The 94-year-old weapons designer is receiving all necessary treatment.

Kalashnikov was born on November 10, 1919. He became known around the world thanks to the iconic assault rifle that he invented and which bears his name.

A famous Russian rifle-maker, Mikhail Kalashnikov, celebrates his 94th birthday today. The creator of the popular AK-47 assault rifle has said he will mark his jubilee with a narrow circle of his nearest and dearest.

A new museum has been opened in Kalashnikov’s native village of Kurya in the Russian Altay region to honor the legendary Russian arms engineer, whose signatory AK assault rifle became a global brand and a trope in popular culture.

Mikhail Kalashnikov was born November 10, 1919. The AK series, named after him, stands for Avtomat Kalashnikova, or Kalashnikov’s rifle, best known simply as; Kalashnikov.

source: voice of russia