Kolkata, Aug 13 (IANS): Former Lok Sabha Speaker Somnath Chatterjee died here on Monday at a private clinic following a cardiac arrest and prolonged illness, nursing home sources said. He was 89.
"He died at 8.15 am," Bellevue Clinic CEO Pradip Tondon told IANS.
Chatterjee was critical following the heart attack he suffered on Sunday. He was also suffering from a kidney-related ailment and was admitted to the clinic in a critical condition on August 7.
Kovind, Modi mourn Somnath Chatterjee's demise:President Ram Nath Kovind and Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday mourned the death of former Lok Sabha Speaker Somnath Chatterjee.
"Sorry to hear of the passing of Somnath Chatterjee, former Speaker of the Lok Sabha and a veteran parliamentarian who had a forceful presence in the House.
"A loss for public life in Bengal and India. My condolences to his family and innumerable well-wishers," the President said in a tweet.
The Prime Minister described Chatterjee as a stalwart of Indian politics who made the parliamentary democracy richer.
Modi tweeted that Chatterjee "was a strong voice for the well-being of the poor and vulnerable. Anguished by his demise. My thoughts are with his family and supporters".
After the nursing home announced Chatterjee's death, condolences started pouring in.