Sister Nirmala Joshi, who succeeded Mother Teresa as the head of the Missionaries of Charity founded by the Nobel laureate, breathed her last today. She was 81. A Missionaries of Charity official said Sister Nirmala was not keeping well for the past few days and her health was gradually deteriorating. Her body would be brought to Mother House tomorrow morning and the funeral will be held at 4 pm.

“Any one who wants to pay respect can come to Mother House tomorrow”, said the officials. On March 13, 1997, six months before Mother Teresa’s death, Sister Nirmala was selected the Superior General of the Missionaries of Charity.

Sister Mary Prema was elected to succeed Sister Nirmala during a general chapter held in Calcutta in April 2009.

Many politicians and well known people have expressed their condolences over Twitter.

Sister Nirmala also left a huge impact on Indians who are not available on Twitter to express their grief at her loss.