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Veteran journalist Kamal Khan dies of heart attack

Khan had received the Ramnath Goenka Award and the Ganesh Shanker Vidyarthi Award from the President of India.

By: Express News Service | New Delhi |
Updated: January 15, 2022 6:02:34 am
Khan, who was 61, was associated with news channel NDTV for over 30 years. (Twitter/nawabmalikncp)

Award-winning journalist Kamal Khan died of a heart attack in his home in Lucknow on Friday. Khan, who was 61, was associated with news channel NDTV for over 30 years.

The journalist’s family said he woke up around 4 am with mild chest pain. Misdiagnosing it as acidity, he took an antacid and went back to sleep. He woke up around 6 am and again complained of chest pain. His wife Ruchi Kumar, who is also senior TV journalist, called up a family friend who said he would arrive with a doctor. But Khan died by the time they arrived.

Many journalists, and politicians, including Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath, SP chief Akhilesh Yadav, Congress leader Priyanka Gandhi and BSP chief Mayawati, mourned Khan’s death.

“Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath has expressed deep sorrow on the demise of senior journalist Kamal Khan. Praying for the peace of the departed soul, the Chief Minister expressed his condolences to the bereaved family members,” read a statement from the Chief Minister’s office.

Akhilesh Yadav visited Khan’s home place to pay tribute. “The passing of Kamal Khanji, who emerged as a serious voice of journalism, is very sad. The deep voice of his truth will stay forever,” he added.
The journalist was buried around 5 pm.

Khan, who was NDTV’s executive editor, had received the Ramnath Goenka Award in 2010 and the Ganesh Shanker Vidyarthi Award from the President of India. A day before his death, he reported on the upcoming UP elections.

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