Legendary Bengali actor Soumitra Chatterjee dies at 85



Legendary Bengali actor Soumitra Chatterjee passed away on Sunday at the age of 85, after over a-month-long battle with multiple ailments, hospital sources said.

The Dada Saheb Phalke awardee was on life support and was not responding since Friday.

A huge team of specialists from the fields of neurology, nephrology, cardiology, critical care medicine, ID specialists had put in a lot of effort to revive him in the past 40 days.

The thespian's neurological condition had worsened on Friday. The 85-year-old actor had undergone the first plasmapheresis on Thursday and tracheostomy on Wednesday.

The legendary actor, who debuted in Satyajit Ray's masterpiece "Apur Sansar" and acted in 14 films of the maestro, had been under treatment at a private hospital in Kolkata since October 6 after testing positive for COVID-19.

He later tested negative for the infection but COVID encephalopathy had set in and various other complications surfaced.