KOLKATA: Jagmohan Dalmiya, the president of Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), passed away at a city hospital on Sunday evening following a massive cardiac arrest. He was 75.
Dalmiya is survived by his wife Chadralekha, daughter Vaishali and son Abhishek.
Dalmiya was admitted to hospital three days back after he complained of chest pain.
He was admitted to B M Birla Hospital on Thursday night after which he also underwent a coronary angiography.
“Jagmohan Dalmiya suffered a massive gastrointestinal tract hemorrhage. Despite all the efforts of doctors, he succumbed to the bleeding at around 8.45pm,” said Dr Anil Mishra of BM Birla Hospital.
“He was responding to treatment but became unstable in the morning. Our medical board decided to conduct an angioplasty late afternoon. He was stabilised but after that there was a massive gastrointestinal hemorrhage which led to a lot of bleeding. He succumbed to the bleeding at 8.45pm,” Dr Mishra said in his official medical bulletin.
He confirmed two stents were planted in his heart.
Dalmiya’s death plunged the cricket fraternity into a grief as reactions poured in from former cricketers and administrators condoling his demise.
President Pranab Mukherjee and Prime Minister Narendra Modi led the nation in mourning Dalmiya.
A long-serving cricket administrator, Dalmiya had been president of the ICC, held different offices in the BCCI, and occupied top posts in the CAB in a career that began in 1979.
Dalmiya has not been keeping well for a while now and was not actively taking part in the day-to-day functioning of the BCCI.
Dalmiya took over the reins of the BCCI for a second time in March, after a gap of 10 years, when he got a walkover in the elections. But he has been ailing since then, and his health had deteriorated further over the last few weeks.
That Dalmiya’s health has been an issue was an open secret in the Indian cricket circle for quite some time after he took over the BCCI president’s post in March, this year.
Due to Dalmiya’s health conditions, it has been secretary Anurag Thakur who has called the shots.
It has been quite some time that Dalmiya has not been able to properly conduct any BCCI meetings in the near past.
In fact, Dalmiya could not coherently answer any question when he met the three-member SC appointed panel headed by Justice RM Lodha, where his son was prompting all the questions to him.
There has been dissenting voices in BCCI about his failing health and recently there were calls to remove him from the post of president.Source