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NEW DELHI (AP) - Indian yoga guru B.K.S. Iyengar, who helped popularize yoga around the world and authored 17 books on the subject, has died at age 95.

Bellur Krishnamachar Sundararaja Iyengar died Wednesday, according to his website. His death was also reported on major Indian TV stations, which said he had been he had been hospitalized with a kidney ailment over the past week in the western city of Pune.

President Pranab Mukherjee mourned Iyengar's death, saying, "the nation has lost a personality who devoted his entire life to the teaching and dissemination of India's ancient knowledge and wisdom to millions all around the world."

He created his own brand of yoga, called "Iyengar yoga," and established studios in 72 countries.

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