Bhubaneswar: Former President Pranab Mukherjee passed away while undergoing treatment at Army Research and Referral Hospital in New Delhi today. He was 84.
Mukherjee’s son Abhijit confirmed his demise on his Twitter handle.
With a Heavy Heart , this is to inform you that my father Shri #PranabMukherjee has just passed away inspite of the best efforts of Doctors of RR Hospital & prayers ,duas & prarthanas from people throughout India !
I thank all of You 🙏
— Abhijit Mukherjee (@ABHIJIT_LS) August 31, 2020
The Bharat Ratna awardee was admitted to the hospital on August 10 in a critical condition after he developed a lung infection. He had tested positive for COVID-19 after being hospitalized and later underwent a brain surgery at the hospital. He was on ventilator support for the last couple of days.
Earlier in the day, the hospital authorities had stated, “There is a decline in the medical condition of Pranab Mukherjee since yesterday.”
The doctors pointed out that he was in septic shock due to his lung infection and was being managed by a team of specialists. There was a slight improvement in Mukherjee’s health condition last week thereafter it deteriorated when he developed lung infection.
Soon after his demise, condolences started pouring in from people of all walks of life, including President Ram Nath Kovind,Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Home Minister Amit Shah.
पूर्व राष्ट्रपति, श्री प्रणब मुखर्जी के स्वर्गवास के बारे में सुनकर हृदय को आघात पहुंचा। उनका देहावसान एक युग की समाप्ति है। श्री प्रणब मुखर्जी के परिवार, मित्र-जनों और सभी देशवासियों के प्रति मैं गहन शोक-संवेदना व्यक्त करता हूँ।
— President of India (@rashtrapatibhvn) August 31, 2020
India grieves the passing away of Bharat Ratna Shri 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. pic.twitter.com/gz6rwQbxi6
— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) August 31, 2020
Deeply anguished on the passing away of former President of India, Bharat Ratna Shri Pranab Mukherjee ji. He was a vastly experienced leader who served the nation with utmost devotion. Pranab da’s distinguished career is a matter of great pride for the entire country.
— Amit Shah (@AmitShah) August 31, 2020