Former Indian President Pranab Mukherjee passed away at the age of 84 in Delhi, reports NDTV. The former President of India, who tested positive for coronavirus, had been in coma after a brain surgery earlier this month.
"With a Heavy Heart, this is to inform you that my father Shri Pranab Mukherjee has just passed away inspite of the best efforts of Doctors of RR Hospital and prayers, duas and prarthanas from people throughout India ! I thank all of You," his son Abhijit Mukherjee tweeted.
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".
Pranab Mukherjee was sworn in as the 13th President of India in 2012 and served till 2017. Prior to becoming President, he served in key ministries such as the Ministry of Defense (2004-06), the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (2006-09) and the Ministry of Finance (2009 and 2012). In 2019, he was awarded the Bharat Ratna.