Eminent athletic coach AK Kutty, who trained some of country's leading track-and-field stars like M D Valsamma, died here today, family sources said.
A winner of the Dronacharya award, Kutty (75) had been keeping indifferent health for quite some time.
Kutty showed splendid skills in spotting talent and training them in a systematic manner to extract the best from his wards.
He also trained athletes like Mercykuttan.
Kutty served in the Indian Air Force, where he left a mark as an athlete. On retirement from service, he joined the Kerala sports council as a trainer.
The cremation will take place in Palakkad on Thursday.
Chief Minister Oommen Chandy expressed grief at the passing away of Kutty.