Former President of India, Pranab Mukherjee passed away at the age of 84, after battling a long illness. The death of the Bharat Ratna awardee was mourned by many prominent personalities and celebrities of the Hindi film industry.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi tweeted, “India grieves the passing away of Bharat Ratna Shri Pranab Mukherjee. 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.”
Actor Varun Dhawan wrote on Twitter, “Deeply saddened hearing this news. #rip #PranabMukherjee.”
Producer Ritesh Sidhwani wrote, “Shri. #PranabMukherjee Ji will always be remembered as one of India’s most astute statesmen. May his soul rest in peace. My heartfelt condolences to his loved ones.”
Badminton player Saina Nehwal wrote, “Extremely saddened to hear about the demise of Former President & Bharat Ratna Shri Pranab Mukherjee #PranabMukherjee.”
“India loses a great statesman & respected leader My condolences to the family. #PranabMukherjee,” tweeted Ajay Devgn.
Pranab Mukherjee served as the 13th President of India from 2012 to 2017. He was preceded by Pratibha Patil and succeeded by Ram Nath Kovind.
On August 10, Mukherjee was hospitalized for a brain clot surgery, after testing positive for COVID-19. He passed away after a septic shock due to a lung infection.