Former President, Mr. Mukherjee who was in a critical condition on ventilator at a hospital after undergoing a brain surgery on August 10 and being tested positive for Covid-19, passed away today at the age of 84.
Pranab Mukherjee served as India’s 13th President from 2012 to 2017, and was succeeded by Ram Nath Kovind. Mukherjee had been a Cabinet minister in the United Progressive Alliance government, handling the portfolio of external affairs and finance on separate occasions. He was also the finance minister in the Indira Gandhi government from 1982 to 1984 and the external affairs minister in the Narasimha Rao government from 1995 to 1996.
In 2019, he was awarded the Bharat Ratna, India’s highest civilian award. In 2008, he had been awarded the Padma Vibhushan, India’s second-highest civilian award.
He was admitted to hospital on August 10 and had surgery the same day for the removal of a clot in the brain. His health had worsened after a lung infection, a hospital in Delhi three weeks ago. “There is a decline in the medical condition of Pranab Mukherjee since yesterday. He is in septic shock due to his lung infection and is being managed by team of specialists. He continues to be in deep coma and on ventilator support,” the Army’s Research and Referral Hospital said in a statement. . Politicians cutting across party lines had wished Mukherjee a speedy recovery. Defence Rajnath Singh had visited Mukherjee at the hospital.
The former President who had been in coma since a brain surgery earlier this month was also tested positive for Covid-19, following which was kept on ventilator support for weeks, died today in the Indian Army’s Research and Referral Hospital in New Delhi on Monday. He was 84.
“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,” his son Abhijit Mukherjee announced on Twitter. “I thank all of You.”