Ashish Yechury death reason: CPI(M) general secretary Sitaram Yechury on Thursday said his son Ashish, a 34-year-old journalist, died of COVID-19 in the morning.
Ashish would have celebrated his 35th birthday on June 9. He was recovering well at Gurgaon’s Medanta Hospital, people close to the family added. They described his sudden death at 5:30 am after a two-week battle with the disease as a shock.
“It is with great sadness that I have to inform that I lost my elder son, Ashish Yechury to COVID-19 this morning. I want to thank all those who gave us hope and who treated him – doctors, nurses, frontline health workers, sanitation workers and innumerable others who stood by us,” Yechury said on Twitter.
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. He was currently working at Newslaundry as assistant editor.
The Press Club of India deeply mourns the passing of young journalist Ashish Yechury, who breathed his last at Medanta battling covid. Ashish was at NewsLaundry and had worked with TOI, IBNLive, & Pune Mirror earlier.
The Club stands by the Yechury family in this hour of grief pic.twitter.com/px3bw8oiZO
— Press Club of India (@PCITweets) April 22, 2021
The CPI(M) Politburo issued a statement announcing the death and offering its condolences to the family.
Death reason or cause of Ashish Yechury
“We are deeply sorry to announce the passing away this morning (22 April) of Ashish Yechury, son of Sitaram Yechury and Indrani Mazumdar. He died of Covid related complications. He was 35 years old. The Polit Bureau conveys it deepest condolences to Sitaram and Indrani, his wife Swati, his sister Akhila and all other members of the bereaved family,” the statement said.
Condolences for the family also poured in on social media as news broke of his death.
“Deeply saddened and pained to hear about the loss of Ashish Yechury. I offer my heartfelt condolences to Comrade @SitaramYechury, his family and friends at this difficult time,” tweeted DMK leader M.K. Stalin.
Congress leader Shashi Tharoor said he was devastated by the news. “There is no greater loss for a parent to endure. May you find the strength to bear the inexpressible grief of your loss. My heart goes out to you at this painful time.”