Celebrated Indian artist and a well painter Maqbool Fida Husain, after a month long-illness passed away at Royal Brompton Hospital in London on Thursday at the age of 95.

According to medical reports, Husain was being treated for fluids in his lungs. But the exact cause of his death is yet unknown, Munna Zaveri, a close friend of the artist who knew him for over 40 years told Reuters.

Hussain, popularly known as MF was considered the “Picasso of India”. He breathed his last at the Royal Brompton Hospital at 2.30 am local time.

He was in hospital for some time and was supposed to come home on Thursday or on Friday but his condition worsened, Zaveri said.

Husain was in a self-imposed exile since 2006 after some of his paintings of Hindu deities led to life threats and attacks.

Husain's paintings have pleased art lovers but his illustration of nude Hindu goddesses pulled him into controversies and was slapped with legal cases in India.

He accepted Qatari citizenship in 2010 and had been living in Dubai and in London, though he often expressed his desire to return to India.