Heart attack kills city optometrist

2014-01-29 00:00

PIETERMARITZBURG opto-metrist and president of the local Gujarati Vedic Society, Kishen Mohanlal, who died last week while out walking with friends, had undergone heart bypass surgery about four years ago.

His father-in-law, community leader Himathial Soni, said Mohanlal (51) was an “outdoorsman” who walked every afternoon. He had gone out as usual with two friends on Thursday in the late afternoon and had a heart attack while walking in Craigie Drive, Town Bush Valley. He died at the scene.

Mohanlal, an optometrist who was born in Pietermaritzburg, had a practice called The Eye Clinic in Burger Street. Soni said he also volunteered at clinics in rural areas and gave “numerous” pairs of spectacles to the needy.

As president of the Pietermaritzburg Gujarati Vedic Society and a strict vegetarian, he was involved in organising the society’s main fundraiser, the Vegetarian Delight stall at the Royal Show, as well as a food stall at Cars in the Park, for the last 25 years.

Mohanlal leaves his wife, Deena, daughter Sonal and son Shameel.

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