New Delhi: Renowned TV anchor Rohit Sardana died due to a heart attack on Friday morning. The noted journalist was suffering from COVID-19 and was undergoing treatment in the ICU of a private hospital in Noida. Rohit Sardana recently tested positive for COVID-19 and was recovering in isolation. However, his condition deteriorated on Thursday night and he was rushed to Metro Multispecialty Hospital in Noida. The following morning, he had a cardiac arrest and died. He is survived by his wife and two daughters.Also Read - 'Unbelievable & Heartbreaking': Twitter in Shock After Rohit Sardana's Death, PM Modi-Amit Shah Pay Tributes
Rohit Sardana, who was 42 at the time of his death, hosted popular news shows on Aaj Tak not long before catching the virus. He left Zee News to join Aaj Tak in 2017.
Rohit Sardana’s former colleague and friend who he worked closely with, Zee News Editor-in-Chief Sudhir Chaudhary, shared the news of his untimely demise on Twitter.
“A short while ago I got a call from Jitendra Sharma. My hands started shaking after hearing what he told me. He gave me the news of our friend and colleague Rohit Sardana’s death. Could’ve never imagined that this virus would take away someone so close to us. I was not ready for this. This is injustice by God.. Om Shanti, (sic)” Sudhir Chaudhary tweeted in Hindi.
Another noted journalist and Rohit Sardana’s colleague from Aaj Tak, Rajdeep Sardesai tweeted his condolences saying, “More terrible news friends. Well known Tv news anchor Rohit Sardana has passed away. Had a heart attack this morning. Deep condolences to his family. RIP”
Even while he suffering from coronavirus, Rohit Sardana sought help for COVID-19 patients on Twitter a day before he died. In his last tweet, the anchor asked his over 4 million followers to help find Remdesivir injections for a COVID patient.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi and several other political leaders expressed grief over Rohit Sardana’s death and tweeted condolences for his family.
PM Modi said in a tweet, “Rohit Sardana left us too soon. Full of energy, passionate about India’s progress and a kind hearted soul, Rohit will be missed by many people. His untimely demise has left a huge void in the media world. Condolences to his family, friends and admirers. Om Shanti.”
Home Minster Amit Shah said, “Pained to learn about Shri Rohit Sardana ji’s untimely demise. In him, the nation has lost a brave journalist who always stood up for unbiased and fair reporting. May God give his family the strength to bear this tragic loss. My deepest condolences to his family and followers.”
Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath took to Twitter to express his condolences for Rohit Sardana’s family.
Deputy Chief Minister of Delhi Manish Sisodia tweeted saying, “Shocked and extremely saddened to know about the passing away of senior journalist and my journalism days colleague Rohit Sardana. My deepest condolences to his family. May his soul rest in peace.”