According to authorities, Cyrus Mistry, an Irish businessman with Indian ancestry and the former head of the Indian giant Tata Sons, was killed in a collision on Sunday after his automobile struck a road divider in western India.

According to police official Prakash Gaekwad, the collision happened on a river bridge in the Palghar region of the Maharashtra state, which is close to Mumbai.

Mistry headed Tata Sons for five years till the board decided to fire him in October 2016. Although he appealed the board's decision, India's highest court upheld it.

Politicians and business executives were shocked to learn about Mistry's passing.

Mistry, according to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, is a potential businessman who has faith in India's ability to prosper economically. He said, “His death is a great loss to the world of business and industry”.