Dhaka, Oct 23 (bdnews24.com)—Sunil Gangopadhyay, the famous Bengali poet and writer, passed away at his Kolkata home in the early hours of Tuesday. He was 78.
Indian media reported that Sunil breathed his last at his residence in Kolkata around 2am and that he was suffering from various ailments for quite a while.
His family friend Dipendu Bhattacharya said he was not keeping well of late. "He was supposed to go to the doctor. But he said he would go later. We had a long conversation at night… he (Sunil) went to the bathroom and after several minutes he had a heart attack."
The news of his death came as a big shock for the literature and cultural spheres in both West Bengal and Bangladesh. Many rushed to his Kolkata home to see this celebrated writer for one last time.
Sunil's mortal remains were taken to the Peace Haven mortuary in the morning. Indian TV station ETV Bangla reported that Sunil's funeral would take place in Kolkata on Wednesday.
Well-known author Amitav Ghosh wrote on the micro-blogging site Twitter: "Deeply shocked by the death of the great Bengali writer Sunil Gangopadhyay. He was warm, kind man and a dear friend. Will miss him terribly."