Former Indian President Pranab Mukherjee has passed away. He was 84.
The stalwart of Indian politics breathed his last on Monday (August 31). The information was announced by his son Abhijit Mukherjee.
The veteran politician was found to be coronavirus positive when he went to Army Hospital for treatment. At the hospital, he underwent surgery for a blood clot in the brain.
Mukherjee, President of India from 2012 to 2017, had kept his public interactions minimal since the coronavirus pandemic struck the country in January. He had undergone an angioplasty, a procedure to open blocked or narrowed coronary arteries, at the same hospital in 2014, according to a Hindustan Times report. He had not contested the 2017 Presidential election citing “advanced age and failing health”.
Pranab Mukherjee was conferred Padma Vibhushan in 2008 and Bharat Ratna in 2019.