Kapil Mohan, the 88-year-old teetotaler chairman of Mohan Meakin that makes the iconic Old Monk, passed away on 8th January 2018.
Mohan is said to have suffered from a fatal cardiac arrest at his residence in Ghaziabad, UP. After he took over the reins of the Dyer Meakin Breweries, he diversified the company, launched major brands like Old Monk and received a Padma Shri in 2010.
Launched in 1954, Old Monk was the largest selling dark rum in the world for a long time. It was also the biggest Indian-made foreign liquor brand for many years. This zesty dark rum is still pretty much a staple of many a get-together in India!
From hiding stash is your closet to taking your first sip with your dad as a teen, Old Monk is an irreplaceable part of our memory. It doesn’t matter how much money you make, you’d still prefer a bottle of Old Monk over those expensive champagnes, wouldn’t you?
Here’s how Twitterati paid their last respects to the legendary entrepreneur:
Kapil Mohan , the Creator of Buddha Sant – the Old Monk will remain alive as long as Coke is there to give company – Rum with Coke- made for each other
— Vinod Gulati (@vkgdrawnear) January 8, 2018
Sad to hear of the passing of Brig Kapil Mohan — and it does unreported in the news media! He is the man who ran Mohan Meakin and the face beind the Old Monk rum brand that is global. Remember meeting him for a family feud story. This is the stuff of business history.
— Madhavan Narayanan (@madversity) January 8, 2018
Legendary Entrepreneur, Chairman and MD of Mohan Meakin Ltd, Padmashree Brig. Dr. Kapil Mohan VSM (Rtd) passes away at Mohan Nagar.
He was the man behind the success of famous brands like Old Monk, Solan No. 1, Golden Eagle!
Rest in peace. Deepest condolences to the family! pic.twitter.com/Bzpox1DZzP
— Pulkit Malhotra (@malhotrapulkit4) January 7, 2018
The Managing Director of Mohan Meakin Ltd., Solan Brewery.
Very sorry to know about the sad demise of
Brig Kapil Mohan ,he remained President of
Municipal committee Solan.i pray God to
give peace to departed soul and strengthen
Family members and friends to bear this loss. pic.twitter.com/EACGOdY9Qq
— Rattan Chand Goyal (@rcgoyel) January 7, 2018
With a legacy as potent as his, Kapil Mohan will never really forgotten.