Television journalist Rohit Sardana passed away due to a heart attack on Friday, days after testing positive for coronavirus, according to reports. He was 41.
Sardana was an anchor on the Aaj Tak news channel show 'Dangal' and had been associated with Zee News earlier. He used to host the show 'Taal Thok De' on Zee News. He was awarded the Ganesh Shankar Vidyarthi Puraskar in 2018.
Sardana is survived by his wife, two daughters and parents. He was admitted to a private hospital in Noida after he tested positive for coronavirus. His last rites will take place in his hometown of Kurukshetra in Haryana, according to his colleagues.
"We are all shocked by the death of our colleague and friend, Rohit Sardana. This incomparable loss cannot be expressed in words. We express our condolences to his family in this hour of grief," Aaj Tak tweeted in Hindi. A similar message was posted by the India Today channel in English.
Zee News editor-in-chief Sudhir Chaudhary informed about his demise through a tweet.
Sardana's death comes just days after senior journalist Raju Mishra (50), who has worked with several national newspapers, died of COVID-19 complications in Uttar Pradesh's Ghaziabad on 28 April.
As Firstpost reported earlier, more than 50 journalists have lost their lives in the last 28 days while over 100 journalists have succumbed to the virus since 1 April 2020. Uttar Pradesh has seen the maximum number of verified deaths, followed by Telangana and Maharashtra.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi and political leaders, including home minister Amit Shah and union ministers Kiren Rijiju and Jitendra Singh condoled his demise. Shah lauded his "unbiased and fair reporting", while Rijiju called him a "fearless and straightforward journalist".
Former Attorney General of India Soli Sorabjee had succumbed to COVID-19 when he was undergoing treatment at a hospital in Delhi earlier on Friday.
India registered 3.86 lakh new COVID-19 cases recorded within 24 hours, as per data updated by the health ministry at 8 am on 30 April.
With inputs from PTI