Former Indian president Pranab Mukherjee dies at 84

India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi tweeted a tribute, saying the country grieved the former president's passing.

NEW DELHI, INDIA - AUGUST 20: Former President Pranab Mukherjee pays homage to late Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi on his 74th birth anniversary at Vir Bhoomi on August 20, 2018 in New Delhi, India. (Photo by Ajay Aggarwal/Hindustan Times via Getty Images)

Former Indian president Pranab Mukherjee has died at the age of 84, according to a tweet from his son.

“With a heavy heart, this is to inform you that my father Shri #PranabMukherjee has just passed away in spite of the best efforts of Doctors of RR Hospital & prayers, duas, and prarthanas from people throughout India! I thank all of You,” tweeted Abhijit Mukherjee on Monday.

India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi tweeted a tribute, saying the country grieved the former president’s passing.

“He has left an indelible mark on the development trajectory of our nation. A scholar par excellence, a towering statesman, he was admired across the political spectrum and by all sections of society,” Modi wrote.

The Prime Minister praised Mukherjee’s “long-lasting contributions in key economic and strategic ministries” in another tweet.

“He was an outstanding Parliamentarian, always well-prepared, extremely articulate as well as witty.”

Pranab Mukherjee previously announced on Twitter that he was to undergo a surgical procedure in the second week of August and did not emerge from the hospital following treatment.

Prior to the surgery, the former president tweeted that he had contracted Covid-19, but there was no announcement from the hospital or his family about the cause of death.

“On a visit to the hospital for a separate procedure, I have tested positive for COVID19 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,” Mukherjee tweeted on August 10.

Mukherjee was elected as the thirteenth president of India in 2012 by the then-ruling United Progressive Alliance, in a coalition government with the Congress party.

He served as foreign, defense, commerce, and finance ministers under various administrations for almost five decades, and as a member of the Indian Parliament seven times.

Mukherjee completed part of his term as president under Modi, stepping down in 2017.


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