Prominent Urdu poet and lyricist Rahat Indori, who had tested positive for coronavirus on Tuesday, died of a heart attack at a hospital in Indore in Madhya Pradesh’s Indore.
The 70-year-old urdu poet was undergoing treatment at Sri Aurobindo Institute of Medical Sciences in Indore.
“He was admitted for coronavirus treatment but died after suffering a heart attack,” son Satlaj Indori, also a poet, reports said.
“He (Rahat Indori) suffered two heart attacks today and could not be saved… He had 60% pneumonia,” Dr Vinod Bhandari was quoted as saying by ANI.
Urdu poet Rahat Indori (file pic) passes away at the hospital. He suffered two heart attacks today and could not be saved. He was admitted to hospital on Sunday, after testing positive for #COVID19. He had 60% pneumonia: Dr Vinod Bhandari, Sri Aurobindo Hospital pic.twitter.com/EIKZhPp702
— ANI (@ANI) August 11, 2020
Earlier in the day, the veteran poet, who was quite active on social media had announced Twitter that he had positive for the virus.
“After showing initial COVID-19 symptoms, I underwent the COVID-19 test on Monday and tested positive for the virus today. I have been admitted to Aurobindo hospital,” Indori had written on Twitter this afternoon.
कोविड के शरुआती लक्षण दिखाई देने पर कल मेरा कोरोना टेस्ट किया गया, जिसकी रिपोर्ट पॉज़िटिव आयी है.ऑरबिंदो हॉस्पिटल में एडमिट हूँ
दुआ कीजिये जल्द से जल्द इस बीमारी को हरा दूँ
एक और इल्तेजा है, मुझे या घर के लोगों को फ़ोन ना करें, मेरी ख़ैरियत ट्विटर और फेसबुक पर आपको मिलती रहेगी.
— Office of Dr. Rahat Indori (@rahatindori) August 11, 2020
Congress leader Rahul Gandhi expressed grief over the passing of “Indori Sahab”.
“अब ना मैं हूँ ना बाक़ी हैं ज़माने मेरे,
फिर भी मशहूर हैं शहरों में फ़साने मेरे…”
अलविदा, राहत इंदौरी साहब।
— Rahul Gandhi (@RahulGandhi) August 11, 2020
Indori had composed lyrics for some popular Bollywood songs like “M Bole toh” from Munnabhai MBBS (2003), Chori Chori Jab Nazrein Mili from Kareeb (1998), Koi jaye to le aye from Ghatak (1996), and “Neend Churai Meri” from Ishq (1997). His lyrics were used in 11 Bollywood films.
Earlier this year, his poem “bulati hai magar jane ka nahi” had gone viral on social media.