ICC (M) Secretary-General Sitaram Yechury said on Thursday that his eldest son Ashish had died of COVID-19 this morning.
Ashish Yechury, who would have turned 35 on June 9, was recovering well at Medanta Hospital in Gurgaon, people close to the family added, describing his sudden death at 5.30 in the morning after a two-week battle with the disease as a shock.
“I must inform you with great sadness that I lost my eldest son, Ashish Yechury to COVID-19 this morning. I want to thank all those who gave us hope and treated him – doctors, nurses doctors, first-rate health workers and countless others who have stood by us, “Mr Yechury said on Twitter.
I am very sad to inform you that I lost my eldest son, Ashish Yechury, to COVID-19 this morning. I want to thank all those who gave us hope and treated him – doctors, nurses, health workers, sanitation workers and countless others who stood by us.
– Sitaram Yechury (@SitaramYechury) April 22, 2021
Ashish, who studied at the Asian College of Journalism, Chennai, worked in several publications, including the Times of India in Delhi, before moving to Pune.
The journalists who worked with him remembered him as a gentle and well-mannered professional who was well informed and well read.
The CPI (M) Politburo issued a statement announcing the death and offering condolences to the family.
“We are sorry to announce the death this morning (April 22) of Ashish Yechury, son of Sitaram Yechury and Indrani Mazumdar. He died of complications related to Covid. He was 35 years old.
“The Politburo sends its deepest condolences to Sitaram and Indrani, his wife Swati, his sister Akhila and all the other grieving family members,” the statement said.
Condolences for the family also flowed on social networks, as news of his death became known.
“I am deeply saddened and saddened to hear about the loss of Ashish Yechury. I offer my heartfelt condolences to Comrade @SitaramYechury, his family and friends at this difficult time,” DMK leader MK Stalin wrote on Twitter.
Congress leader Shashi Tharoor said he was devastated by the news.
“There is no greater loss for a parent to bear. May you find the strength to bear the inexpressible pain of your loss. My heart turns to you in this painful time.”
TMC MP Derek O’Brien also expressed his condolences.