Legendary actor Soumitra Chatterjee dies at Kolkata hospital

Soumitra Chatterjee, one of India’s most celebrated actors, died at a private hospital in the eastern Indian city of Kolkata on Sunday, after contracting Covid last month. He was 85. Mr Chatterjee is survived by wife, son and daughter.

Chatterjee was admitted to the hospital on October 6 after he tested positive for COVID-19. He recovered from the infection, but his condition did not improve as he suffered from multiple ailments, including neurological complications.

“We declare with heavy heart that Shri Soumitra Chattopadhyay breathed his last at 12.15 pm (IST) at Belle Vue Clinic today (15 November 2020). We pay our homage to his soul,” the hospital said in an official statement.

PM Narendra Modi, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, Congress leader Rahul Gandhi and BJP chief JP Nadda were among the leaders who paid their tributes to the actor.

Bangladeshi Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina today expressed profound shock and sorrow at the demise of legendary Indian Bengali actor Soumitra Chattopadhyay.