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Former Lok Sabha Speaker Somnath Chatterjee passes away at 89

By Madhuri Adnal
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    New Delhi, August 13: Former Lok Sabha speaker Somnath Chatterjee passed away at the age of 89 years in a Kolkata hospital on Monday. Chatterjee, who breathed his last at 8:15 AM today was undergoing dialysis. Doctors said he had a cardiac arrest.

    Former LS Speaker Somnath Chatterjee stable, responding to treatment

    Thee hospital issued a statement,''Today morning he was undergoing dialysis when his heart stopped and he could not be revived.''

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    Chatterjee, who was suffering from a kidney-related ailment, was admitted to the hospital last week. He suffered a mild heart attack on Sunday morning, but was revived.He was in ICU and was put on ventilation.

    Chatterjee was re admitted to hospital on August 10 following kidney ailments.

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    He was earlier admitted to a Kolkata hospital in June. He was released after his health improved after a few days. "Chatterjee is gradually improving but will take more time (to recover)," the senior hospital executive had said.

    A 10-time Lok Sabha MP, Chatterjee was a central committee member of the CPI(M), which he had joined in 1968. He was the Speaker of the Lok Sabha from 2004 to 2009.

    Chatterjee won the Outstanding Parliamentarian Award in 1996.

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