Pranab Mukherjee, elder statesman and one of the country’s most respected politicians, has died at 84. The former President of India, who tested positive for coronavirus, had been in coma after a brain surgery earlier this month.
This morning, the army hospital in Delhi had reported a decline in his condition. He had gone into septic shock due to his lung infection, the Army’s Research and Referral Hospital had said.
Mr Mukherjee was admitted to hospital on August 10 and had surgery the same day for the removal of a clot in the brain. He had tested positive for COVID-19 in hospital. “On a visit to the hospital for a separate procedure, I have tested positive for COVID-19 today. I request the people who came in contact with me in the last week, to please self-isolate and get tested for COVID-19,” he had posted.
He developed a lung infection and a renal dysfunction over the past few days, according to doctors.
On Wednesday, the hospital said Mr Mukherjee’s “renal parameters are slightly deranged”.
Mr Mukherjee was President of India from 2012 to 2017.
The former President’s daughter and Congress leader Sharmistha Mukherjee, in a tweet, had remembered this time last year when he had received the Bharat Ratna, the highest civilian honour.
“Last year August 8 was one of the happiest days for me as my dad received Bharat Ratna. Exactly a year later on August 10 he fell critically ill. May God do whatever is best for him and give me strength to accept both joys and sorrows of life with equanimity. I sincerely thank all for their concerns,” she had posted.