Pune: 39-year-old year old ‘gold man’ from Pune, Samrat Hiraman Moze, famous for wearing 10 Kgs of gold, passed away on Tuesday after suffering a cardiac arrest. Also Read - Compassion in Times of Corona: Pune Auto Driver Uses Money Saved For His Wedding to Feed Migrants
His last rites were performed at Yerwada, with just a few people in attendance, due to a nationwide lockdown in the wake of the coronavirus outbreak. He is now survived by his wife, two children, and his mother. Also Read - Maharashtra to Extend Lockdown in Mumbai, Pune by 2 More Weeks: Reports
A famous businessman in the city, Moze was known for wearing 8 to 10 kilos of gold around his neck as accessories. He is also the nephew of former MLA Rambhau Moze and was being considered for the civic elections from Sangamwadi. Also Read - Wedding in Times of Corona: Pune Cops Step in as Bride's Parents to Get Couple Married Amid COVID-19 Lockdown
Just recently, Samrat had lodged a complaint with the Pune Police for being allegedly defamed through a fake Facebook account.
A few years back, another ‘gold man’ from the city had also passed away in a similar manner. MNS MLA Ramesh Wanjale, who was also popular as the ‘gold man’ of Pune, died of a cardiac arrest aged 45 in June 2011. Many people including MNS chief Raj Thackeray and top politicians from Pune, had turned up for Wanjale’s funeral.