Ramchandra Gandhi, a grandson of Indian independence leader Mohandas Gandhi, was found dead in a bedroom at an elite club Wednesday in what police called a natural death, police said. He was 70.

Ramchandra Gandhi checked in to the private members' club Sunday after frequent power outages left him without air conditioning, in blistering heat, at his New Delhi home, police spokesman Rajan Bhagat told The Associated Press.

The door of his room was broken open after he didn't respond to the housekeeping staff's knocks, Bhagat said. He did not speculate on when Gandhi died, and police have yet to perform an autopsy.

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Ramchandra Gandhi used to be a professor at Princeton University in the United States, the Press Trust of India news agency said.

Mohandas Gandhi, who led India to independence from British colonialists in August 1947, was assassinated by a Hindu hard-liner five months later.