He complained a chest pain and was rushed to the hospital where he got a massive heart attack. He was 80 years old. He was 17th CM of the state before S M Krishna.
PM Narendra Modi expressed his condolences stating “Saddened by the demise of former Karnataka CM Shri N. Dharam Singh. My thoughts are with his family & supporters in this sad hour. Shri N. Dharam Singh had rich experience in Karnataka & national politics. His dedicated service towards society will be remembered”.
He obtained his Master of Arts and Bachelor of Law degrees from Osmania University.