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Sitaram Yechury's 34-Year-Old Son Ashish Passes Away Due to COVID-19

Ashish Yechury, a journalist, was working at the online portal Newslaundry.

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.

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 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)