Actor Soumitra Chatterjee passes away at 85 in Kolkata, tributes pour in

Actor Soumitra Chatterjee, one of Bengal’s most celebrated actors, passed away at 85 in Kolkata

Veteran Bengali actor Soumitra Chatterjee
Veteran Bengali actor Soumitra Chatterjee

NH Web Desk

Iconic Bengali actor Soumitra Chatterjee passed away on Sunday after over-a-month-long battle with multiple ailments, a statement issued by the hospital, where he was undergoing treatment, said. He was 85.

The thespian is survived by wife, son and daughter.

Chatterjee was admitted to the hospital on October 6 after he tested positive for COVID-19. He recovered from the infection, but his condition did not improve as he suffered from multiple ailments, including neurological complications.

"We declare with heavy heart that Shri Soumitra Chattopadhyay breathed his last at 12.15 pm at Belle Vue Clinic today (15 November 2020). We pay our homage to his soul," the hospital said in its statement.

On Sunday, critical care expert and head of the medical board at Kolkata's Belle Vue Hospital Arindam Kar said Soumitra Chatterjee's health condition is "extremely critical" and he is "not responding at all" to treatment

The octogenarian actor's health condition "extremely" deteriorated over the past 48-hours.

"The team of doctors including neurologist, nephrologist, cardiologist, those from critical care medicine, infection disease specialist, both from public and private sectors, every one has put their effort to get the legend back from the critical stage, but it is not working," said Kar.

He said that the doctors have tried really hard to "revive" Soumitra to a better state. "We are very sorry to say that he is not responding at all."

Soumitra Chatterjee tested positive for coronavirus on October 5 and got admitted to the hospital the very next morning.

He was shooting for a documentary titled "Abhijan" directed by actor Parambrata Chattopadhyay. Last time he attended the shooting floor at Bharatlaxmi Studio was on October 1. The next shooting schedule was fixed on October 7.

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    Published: 15 Nov 2020, 12:34 PM