Veteran actor Soumitra Chatterjee dies
Published: 01:03 PM, 15 November 2020 Updated: 11:46 AM, 16 November 2020
Veteran Bengali actor Soumitra Chatterjee passed away on Sunday at a private hospital in Kolkata, where he was admitted over a month ago. He was 85.
Local media reported that the octogenarian actor breathed his last around 12:15 pm at Belle Vue Nursing Home.
According to a hospital statement confirming the thespian's demise, "We declare with heavy heart that Shri Soumitra Chattopadhyay (Chatterjee) breathed his last at 12-15 pm at Belle Vue Clinic today (November 15, 2020). We pay our homage to his soul."
Soumitra Chatterjee, who debuted in Satyajit Ray's masterpiece 'Apur Sansar' and acted in 14 films of the maestro, had tested positive for the novel coronavirus on October 6. The Dada Saheb Phalke awardee later tested negative for the infection but Covid-19 encephalopathy set in and various other complications surfaced.
His health condition had worsened in the last couple of days and the doctors said he was not responding at all to treatment.
On Saturday, one of the doctors attending on him said that the actor is on life support and is not responding. “Despite all our efforts, his physiological system is not responding. It (Chatterjee’s condition) is worse than before. He has been put on all sorts of support and he is fighting for his life,” he said.