Renowned Indian poet and lyricist Rahat Indori, 70, passed away on Tuesday hours after testing positive for the coronavirus.
According to Times Now, the veteran poet was under treatment at a local hospital in Madhya Pradesh’s Indore.
“He (Indori) suffered two heart attacks today and could not be saved… he had 60% pneumonia,” ANI reported citing Dr Vinod Bhandari.
Earlier in the day, Indori had announced on Twitter that he had positive for the virus.
The poet said that he was admitted in a hospital and requested his fans to refrain from speculation and wait for him to provide update regarding his health.
In a tweet, Congress leader Rahul Gandhi expressed grief over the veteran poet’s death.
According to The Indian Express, Indori’s poetry had played an important role in anti-CAA (Citizenship Amendment Bill) protests this year.
“The line, ‘Kisi ke baap ka Hindustan thodi hai”, taken from ghazal ‘Agar khilaaf hain hone do‘ gave a voice and purpose to dissent,” it read.