Pran Kumar Sharma, creator of iconic comic book characters like Chacha Chaudhary and Sabu, is dead. He was 75, his family said Wednesday.

Better known as Pran, he was suffering from colon cancer and died at 9.30 p.m. Tuesday, his daughter-in-law Jyoti Pran told IANS.

"His condition was extremely critical in the last 15-20 days and was undergoing treatment at a hospital in Gurgaon," she said.

His cremation will take place in Punjabi Bagh at 2.30 p.m.

He is survived by his wife Asha, son Nikhil Pran and daughter Shaily Pran.

Chacha Chawdhary
TV adaptation of the famous cartoon character Chacha Chaudhary featuring Praveen Kumar and Raghuveer Yadav

Born in Kasur near Lahore, Pran started his career in 1960 as a cartoonist for Delhi-based newspaper Milap. His first creation was comic strip Daabu, which was popular among readers.

In 1969, Pran sketched Chacha Chaudhary for Hindi magazine Lotpot, which earned him recognition and he soon became a household name. Pran went on to create cartoon characters like Billoo, Raman, Shrimatiji and others, which are regularly published in Indian magazines.

He had also received a Lifetime Achievement Award 2001 from Indian Institute of Cartoonists and he was included in list of "People of the year 1995" by Limca Book of Records for popularising comics in India.