Eminent journalist and Prothom Alo’s Joint Editor Mizanur Rahman Khan died at a hospital in the capital on Monday evening. He was 53.
Doctors declared him dead at 6:05pm. He was undergoing treatment at Universal Medical College Hospital in the city.
Mizanur Rahman was diagnosed with coronavirus on November 27. Initially, he was admitted to capital’s Gonoshasthaya Nagar Hospital. Later on December 10, he was shifted to the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) of the Universal Medical College Hospital.
He was put on life support on Saturday afternoon following further deterioration of his health condition.
Mizanur Rahman was suffering from post Covid-19 complications. His lung was severely affected by the deadly virus.
He left behind his wife, two sons, one daughter and a host of relatives to mourn his death.
A pall of gloom descended on the journalist community when the news of his death spread. Dhaka University, Jatiya Press Club, Dhaka Reporters Unity and Diplomatic Correspondents Association, Bangladesh (DCAB), among others, expressed deep shock at the death of the veteran journalist.
Born on October 31, 1967 in Ujirpur’s Changuriya village in Barishal, Mizanur Rahman completed his honours and masters degrees in Accounting from Government BM College, Barishal.
He had been doing journalism for over three decades. He began career as a staff reporter of Daily Khobor. Later, he also worked as senior reporter in the Daily New Nation, diplomatic correspondent in the daily Manobjomin and Muktokontho.
Mizanur Rahman was the chief reporter and news editor in Banglabazar Potrika. He was also a special correspondent in ‘Shaptahik Robbar’ and senior assistant editor in daily Jugantor.
He was well-known for his research-based investigative reports and articles on constitution, law and court affairs.
Mizanur Rahman penned a number of books including ‘Shongbidhan O Totyabodhayok Sarkarer Bitorko’, ‘Bangladesher Rajnoitik Shongkoter Swarup’, ‘1971: Americar Gopon Dolil’ and ‘Markin Dolile Mujib Hotyakando’.