New Delhi: Uttarakhand finance minister Prakash Pant passed away on Wednesday after losing his battle against a lung ailment.

Pant (58) was undergoing treatment in the United States for the illness and breathed his last at the University of Texas hospital earlier today.

A three-day mourning has been announced in Uttarakhand and June 6, Thursday has been declared a public holiday in the state.

Uttarakhand Chief Minister Trivendra Singh Rawat was among the first to break the news and extend his condolences to the family.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi also tweeted his condolences:

Due to Pant’s deteriorating health, the state finance portfolio had been handed to CM Rawat. He was first elected from the Pithoragarh assembly from 2002-2007.