New Delhi: Former President of India Pranab Mukherjee passed away at Army Hospital on Monday. He was 84.
He was admitted earlier this month where he underwent a surgery to remove a clot from the brain. Mukherjee had also tested positive for coronavirus.
“With a Heavy Heart , this is to inform you that my father Shri Pranab Mukherjee has just passed away inspite of the best efforts of Doctors of RR Hospital and prayers, duas and prarthanas from people throughout India ! I thank all of You,” his son Abhijit Mukherjee tweeted.
Pranab Mukherjee served as the 13th President of India from 2012 to 2017.
In a political career spanning five decades, Mukherjee was a senior leader in the Indian National Congress and occupied several ministerial portfolios in the Government of India. Prior to his election as President, Mukherjee was Union Finance Minister from 2009 to 2012. He was awarded India’s highest civilian honour, the Bharat Ratna in 2019 by the President of India, Ram Nath Kovind.