New Delhi: CPI(M) general secretary Sitaram Yechury’s son Ashish, a 34-year-old journalist, died of COVID-19 in the morning.
Ashish would have celebrated his 35th birthday on June 9. He was undergoing treatment at Gurgaon’s Medanta Hospital, people close to the family added. They described his sudden death at 5:30 am after a two-week battle with the disease as a shock.
“It is with great sadness that I have to inform that I lost my elder son, Ashish Yechury to COVID-19 this morning. I want to thank all those who gave us hope and who treated him – doctors, nurses, frontline health workers, sanitation workers and innumerable others who stood by us,” Yechury said on Twitter on Thursday morning.
Ashish, who studied at the Asian College of Journalism, Chennai, worked in several publications, including the the Times of India in Delhi, before moving to Pune. He was currently working at Newslaundry as assistant editor.
We have lost our dear colleague Ashish Yechury to Covid. Ashish had joined us in January as Assistant Editor. We remember him as a warm, gentle and talented friend & colleague. Words fail us but we’d like to extend our deepest condolences to his loved ones in this hour of grief. pic.twitter.com/1xUfnOI3Uu
— newslaundry (@newslaundry) April 22, 2021
Journalists who worked with him remembered him as a mild-mannered and warm professional who was knowledgeable and well read. The Press Club of India mourned Ashish’s passing on Twitter.
The Press Club of India deeply mourns the passing of young journalist Ashish Yechury, who breathed his last at Medanta battling covid. Ashish was at NewsLaundry and had worked with TOI, IBNLive, & Pune Mirror earlier.
The Club stands by the Yechury family in this hour of grief pic.twitter.com/px3bw8oiZO
— Press Club of India (@PCITweets) April 22, 2021
The CPI(M) Politburo issued a statement announcing the death and offering its condolences to the family.
“We are deeply sorry to announce the passing away this morning (22 April) of Ashish Yechury, son of Sitaram Yechury and Indrani Mazumdar. He died of Covid related complications. He was 35 years old. The Polit Bureau conveys it deepest condolences to Sitaram and Indrani, his wife Swati, his sister Akhila and all other members of the bereaved family,” the statement said.
Condolences for the family also poured in on social media as news broke of his death.
“Deeply saddened and pained to hear about the loss of Ashish Yechury. I offer my heartfelt condolences to Comrade @SitaramYechury, his family and friends at this difficult time,” tweeted DMK leader M.K. Stalin.
Congress leader Shashi Tharoor said he was devastated by the news. “There is no greater loss for a parent to endure. May you find the strength to bear the inexpressible grief of your loss. My heart goes out to you at this painful time.”
TMC MP Derek O’Brien and Prime Minister Narendra Modi also offered their condolences.
(With PTI inputs)