Former Indian President Pranab Mukherjee dies at age 84

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NEW DELHI — Former President Pranab Mukherjee, a senior leader of India’s Congress party who served in multiple Cabinets during five decades in politics, has died. He was 84.

Mukherjee had emergency surgery for a blood clot in his brain on Aug. 10 at New Delhi’s Army Hospital Research and Referral after suffering a fall. The hospital said he tested positive for COVID-19 after the surgery and his condition was critical. He remained in a coma after the surgery.

The hospital said his health began declining on Monday after a lung infection resulted in septic shock.
His son, former lawmaker Abhijeet Mukherjee, tweeted in the evening that he had died.

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