NEW DELHI, Dec. 23 (UPI) -- India's former Prime Minister P.V. Narasimha Rao died at the age of 83 Thursday in New Delhi of cardiac failure, the Press Trust of India reported.
Rao was admitted to the All India Institute of Medical Sciences Dec. 9 complaining of shortness of breath.
One of his sons Prabhakar Rao was at his bedside, the report said.
Rao, the first prime minister outside the Nehru-Gandhi family to complete a full five-year term in office between 1991 and 1996, had a history of heart problems and had undergone heart surgery.
He led the Congress Party after the assassination of former premier Rajiv Gandhi.
The current Indian prime minister, Manmohan Singh, served as Rao's finance minister, the BBC reported.
Rao is survived by five daughters and three sons, one of whom, P.V. Ranga Rao was a minister in the state of Andhra Pradesh.