Mysuru: Gangaiah Hegde, father of Cafe Coffee Day founder late VG Siddhartha, passed away following a prolonged illness at a Shantaveri Gopala Gowda hospital on Sunday (August 25). His cremation is expected to take place in Chikmagaluru, Karnataka, on Monday. 

Hegde passed away nearly a month after his son Siddhartha's demise.

Siddhartha went missing on July 29 from the Netravati Bridge, later he was found dead on the banks of Netravati River near Hoige Bazaar in Mangaluru on July 31.

Siddhartha’s ailing father didn't know that his son was no more as it was around this time that the 96-year-old started slipping into a coma.

Staying true to the family's coffee-related heritage of over 130 years, reports say that Gangaiah Hegde started out as a coffee planter at an estate in the Chikmagalur district of Karnataka.

He quickly turned it into a successful business and was revered in the local community.