Former Lok Sabha Speaker Somnath Chatterjee dies at 89

Vastavam web: Former Lok Sabha Speaker Somnath Chatterjee passed away at a private hospital here this morning following multiple organ failure, a senior hospital official said. He was 89 and survived by wife and two daughters. Chatterjee passed away at around 8.15 am after his condition deteriorated following yesterday’s “mild heart attack”, the official said. Chatterjee had suffered a mild heart attack yesterday morning, but was revived. He was undergoing treatment in the ICCU.

Last month, the former speaker had suffered a hemorrhagic stroke. He was under treatment for the past 40 days and was discharged from the hospital just for three days after his health showed signs of improvement. However, his condition deteriorated last Tuesday and he had to be hospitalised again, the official said. A 10-time Lok Sabha MP, Chatterjee was a central committee member of the CPI(M), which he had joined in 1968.