Jagmohan Dalmiya, who was in the intensive care unit of the B.M. Birla Hospital, passed away on Sunday at the age of 75. The BCCI president was undergoing treatment after he complained of chest pains on Thursday. A five-member body was overlooking his case and monitoring his progress. Early reports suggested former cricket captain Sourav Ganguly rushed to the hospital on getting news of his demise.
Earlier, the doctors also performed an angioplasty when he was admitted to the hospital. Dalmiya came to power at the BCCI for a second time in March, after a gap of 10 years; ever since he had not been keeping well. His health had further deteriorated in the past couple of weeks. “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. The cricketing fraternity will miss him dearly,” BCCI secretary Anurag Thakur said in a statement.
“Sad. Dalmiya ji passes away. He was a giant amongst sports administrators, a true lover of Bengal. On my way to pay my respect. RIP,” West Bengal CM Mamata Benerjee said.
He served the BCCI as its secretary and successfully hosted two World Cups in 1987 and 1996. He is survived by his wife, a son and a daughter.