Iconic Indian actor Soumitra Chatterjee dies at 85

Iconic Indian actor Soumitra Chatterjee

Indian veteran actor and star of Bengali cinema Soumitra Chatterjee died on Sunday, officials said.

Chatterjee, born in 1935, breathed his last at a hospital in Kolkata, the capital city of West Bengal, where he was undergoing treatment for nearly a month for COVID-19 and other complications.

“We declare with a heavy heart that Soumitra Chattopadhyay (Chatterjee) breathed his last at 12:15 local time at Belle Vue Clinic today (Nov. 15). We pay our homage to his soul,’’ reads an official statement.

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Chatterjee had tested positive for COVID-19 on Oct. 6.

Media reports said he had been under medical care and was facing secondary infections due to the COVID-19 repercussions.

“In the last few days, Chatterjee’s condition had deteriorated and he was on a ventilator,’’ an official added.

Chatterjee was best known for his collaborations with Oscar-winning film director Satyajit Ray, with whom he worked in 14 films. (Xinhua/NAN)

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