Somnath Chatterjee passes away

KOLKATA/NEW DELHI, Aug 13: Communist veteran and former Lok Sabha Speaker Somnath Chatterjee passed away at a private hospital here this morning following multiple organ failure. He was 89.
The 10-time Lok Sabha MP is survived by his wife Renu, a son and two daughters.
Chatterjee passed away around 8.15 am after his condition deteriorated following a mild heart attack yesterday, a hospital official said.
“He suffered multiple organ failure and had stopped responding to treatment late last night,” the official said.
His body was taken to the State Assembly, where it was accorded a gun salute, and then to his residence.
Chatterjee, who was associated with the Communist Party of India-Marxist for most of his life, had donated his body to medical science.
It will be handed over to the Government-run SSKN hospital later in the day. He had suffered a cardiac arrest, systemic sepsis and renal failure along with respiratory problems and underlying diabetes, said a senior doctor, who was treating him.
Chatterjee suffered a mild heart attack yesterday morning but was revived.
The former Speaker had suffered a haemorrhagic stroke last month. (PTI)