Former Lok Sabha Speaker Somnath Chatterjee passes away at 89

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Somnath Chatterjee was on a ventilator after being rushed to a private hospital in Kolkata on August 7. His health had deteriorated after he suffered a mild heart attack on Sunday.

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Somnath Chattrejee has passed away. (In Picture: The Honorable President of Lok Sabha (Low Camera) of the Indian Parliament, Somnath Chatterjee prepares to give a press conference in Havana, 10 January 2008. The Indian parliamentary is in Cuba for a 3-day official visit.)ADALBERTO ROQUE/AFP/Getty Images

Former Lok Sabha Speaker Somnath Chatterjee passed away at the age of 89 on Monday morning (August 13).

Chatterjee was on a ventilator after being rushed to the Belle Vue hospital in in Kolkata on August 7. His health had deteriorated after he suffered a mild heart attack on Sunday. He breathed his last on Monday.

The 10-time parliamentarian has not been keeping well since the past two months. In July, the Chatterjee had suffered a hemorrhagic stroke, following which he was admitted to a private hospital for  afew days. He was later discharged after his condition improved.

However, three days later, that is on August 7, he was again admitted to the Belle Vue hospital with a kidney ailment.

“Chatterjee suffered a mild heart heat attack today (Sunday) but has recovered from it,” The Hindu quoted a senior official of the Belle Vue Clinic as saying.

“He continues to be in critical but stable condition. But anything can happen when an 89 year old man is suffering from total kidney shut down and is on dialysis. We are trying our best,” Pradeep Tandon, CEO of Belle Vue clinic said, reported the English daily.

Born to a barrister named Nirmal Chandra Chatterjee, who was a prominent parliamentarian of the Hindu Mahasabha, Chatterjee had joined the Communist Party of India (Marxist) (CPI(M)) in 1968. 

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