New York: Veteran Indian-American journalist Brahm Kanchibhotla, who was a former contributor to news agency United News of India, died at a New York hospital on Monday night. Also Read - UP News: 21 Fresh Coronavirus Cases in Gautam Buddh Nagar, Total Tally at 591

He got infected with the disease while he was busy doing ground reports for his news agency. Also Read - Procure And Stock PPE Kits, Oxygen Masks For 3 Months, Delhi Govt Directs Hospitals Amid Rise in COVID-19 Cases

The 66-year-old journalist is said to have worked in the US for 28 years after he moved there in 1992. He had worked for several publications in India before moving to the US. As per reports, Brahm is survived by his wife Anjana and daughter Siujana. Also Read - Coronavirus in Gurugram: Private Hospitals to Face Action if Patients Refused Treatment

“Really shocking that this is happening to the community. Cannot believe that this is happening to us and the people we know,” said Indian-American Rajendra Dichpally.

Condoling his demise, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday, said that he will be remembered for his fine work.

“Deeply anguished by the passing away of Indian-American journalist Brahm Kanchibotla. He will be remembered for his fine work and efforts to bring India and USA closer,” the prime minister tweeted.

“Condolences to his family and friends. Om Shanti,” he said.

Reports have said scores of Indian Americans have tested positive for the coronavirus in the US and several of them have died.

The US has the highest number of COVID-19 cases in the world at 364,723, followed by Spain (136,675), Italy (132,547), Germany (102,453). More than 10,000 people have died in the US because of COVID-19.

(With Agency inputs)