Mumbai, Nov 27: Noted Marathi author and Sahitya akademi awardee Anand Yadav died in Pune today. He was 80. According to sources close to his family, Yadav breathed his last at his residence. His autobiography ‘Zombi’ had won Sahitya Akadmi award in 1991. Also Read - Fulbright Fellow, Winner of Sahitya Akademi Award, Kuladhar Saikia to be Assam's New DGP

During his illustrious career, Yadav had faced a major controversy over his book ‘Santsurya Tukaram’, wrote on Sant Tukaram, a saint poet from 17th century. He was elected president of the 82nd Akhil Bharatiya Sahitya Sammelan, the prestigious literary meet, held in March 2009. Also Read - .Lucknow NRG10 UP-STF-ARREST Criminal carrying Rs 10,000 reward on him arrested in UP

However, he had to resign following the controversy surrounding some remarks in the novel. In the following year, a Marathi movie ‘Natrang’ based on Yadav’s novel with the same name, was released bringing him back into the limelight. Also Read - Munawwar Rana admitted to hospital after cardiac arrest

Yadav had penned around 40 books which comprise collection of essays, poems, criticism among others.