The former president of India, Pranab Mukherjee died on Monday evening, aged 84, following a long battle with illness, including the novel coronavirus after the Statesman himself announced his hospitalization on August 10th.
Mr. Mukherjee, the 13th President of India was admitted to the hospital earlier this month for a brain blood clot surgery. “On a visit to the hospital for a separate procedure, I have tested positive for COVID19 today,” the President wrote in one of the last tweets.
After battling with coma since the last few weeks, son Abhijit Mukherjee announced the death on twitter, writing:
“With a Heavy Heart, this is to inform you that my father Shri Pranab Mukherjee has just passed away in spite of the best efforts of Doctors of RR Hospital and prayers, duas, and prarthanas from people throughout India! I thank all of You.”
According to media reports, the Bharat Ratna suffered from septic shock today morning after his lung infection deteriorated. Prime Minister Narendra Modi was among the first to condole the death. he wrote:
“India grieves the passing away of Bharat Ratna Pranab Mukherjee. He has left an indelible mark on the development trajectory of our nation. A scholar par excellence, a towering statesman, he was admired across the political spectrum and by all sections of society,” Modi said in tweets.
“I was new to Delhi in 2014. From Day 1, I was blessed to have the guidance, support, and blessings of Shri Pranab Mukherjee. I will always cherish my interactions with him. Condolences to his family, friends, admirers, and supporters across India. Om Shanti.”
Condolences poured in from the political fraternity for the par-excellence Congress politician whose career spanned decades. Hashtag #PranabMukherjee, #OmShanti were trending on Twitter.
“Sad to hear that former President Shri Pranab Mukherjee is no more. His demise is the passing of an era. A colossus in public life, he served Mother India with the spirit of a sage. The nation mourns losing one of its worthiest sons. Condolences to his family, friends & all citizens,” current President of India, Ram Nath Kovind tweeted.
“As the First Citizen, he continued to connect with everyone, bringing Rashtrapati Bhavan closer to the people. He opened its gates for public visits. His decision to discontinue the use of the honorific ‘His Excellency’ was historic,” Kovind wrote.
Chief Minister of West Bengal Mamata Banerjee said the passing away of Mr. Mukherjee is an ‘end of an era.’ “From my first win as MP to being my senior Cabinet colleague, to his becoming President while I was CM, so many memories,” Banerjee tweeted.
“Will be forever grateful. Shall miss him immensely. My condolences to Abhijit & Sharmistha.”