BCCI president Jagmohan Dalmiya passes away after a massive heart arrest

The President of the Board of Control of Cricket, Jagmohan Dalmiya, died on 20th September evening, following a massive cardiac arrest. The 75 year old president was admitted in the BM Birla heart research centre in Kolkata. He died of internal gastrointestinal bleeding and internal organ failure.

Dalmiya was admitted to the hospital on Thursday after he complained of breathlessness and severe chest pain. His condition was stable for the last couple of days but started to deteriorate around 6 PM on Sunday. He breathed his last at 8.45 PM IST.

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 has deteriorated further over the last few weeks.

“Mr Jagmohan Dalmiya became unstable this morning. The angioplasty was successful with stabilisation of his cardiac condition. However, in the late evening, Mr Dalmiya suffered a massive gastro intestinal bleeding and in spite of all the efforts of doctors he succumbed to the bleeding at 8.45 pm. Our deepest condolences to his family and loved ones,” said the hospital statement.

Jagmohan Dalmiya

Jagmohan Dalmiya

The BCCI condoled his death with Secretary Anurag Thakur describing Dalmiya as the “father figure” of Indian cricket. “On behalf of all the members of BCCI, I wish to submit our condolences to the bereaved family of Mr Dalmiya. As a visionary and a father figure of Indian cricket, Mr Dalmiya worked towards the development of the game of cricket in India.

Dalmiya’s last wish was fulfilled after his eyes were donated to Vanmukta Eye bank, a part of the city’s Susrut Eye Foundation and Research Centre.

The body of BCCI president Jagmohan Dalmiya, was brought to the Cricket Association of Bengal office to let people pay their last respects to the administrator.

Dalmiya’s last journey began from his 10, Alipore residence at 12.15pm. Indian cricket Team Director Ravi Shastri and BCCI bigwigs including secretary Anurag Thakur and CAO Ratnakar Shetty were among those who lined up to pay homage to the administrator.

– Spadman