New Delhi: Former Lok Sabha speaker Somnath Chatterjee passed away on Monday, 13 August. He was 89 years old.
Chatterjee was put on ventilator support after he suffered a heart attack, but was "stable", an official of a private hospital told PTI on Sunday, 12 August.
"He is undergoing dialysis. In such cases it happens at times that the heart stops giving support," the official added.
Chatterjee had suffered a mild heart attack on Sunday morning, but was revived. He was in the ICCU and was reported as "stable and responding to treatment but still on ventilation."
In June, the former Lok-Sabha speaker was admitted to the critical care wing of the hospital, following a brain clot. But later he had recovered. However, his condition had deteriorated again on 10 August and he was re-admitted to hospital.
Chatterjee was the Speaker of the Lower House from 2004-09 when Manmohan Singh-led UPA- 1 (United Progressive Alliance) was in power.
In 2008, he was expelled from the CPI(M) for not resigning as the Speaker after Left parties withdrew support from the UPA-1 government over the Indo-US nuclear deal.