Veteran NDTV journalist Kamal Khan passed away on Friday at the age of 61 due to a heart attack. Khan is survived by his wife Ruchi and their son Aman.
In an email, the company said, “This is a terrible, terrible day for NDTV. We have lost Kamal Khan; He was 61 years old and the heart and soul of our Lucknow bureau, an NDTV veteran who had boundless time and kind words for anyone who came.
NDTV further said, “Kamal’s report over the past decades stood out for his intelligibility, integrity and the way he presented difficult truths with poetic mastery. Above all, he was a wonderful human being who has contributed to the lives of all of them. touched those who knew him.”
“Sharing this with profound grief, shock and numbness. @kamalkhan_NDTV sir, our long standing Lucknow bureau chief, rock solid journalist, someone we all looked up to for his hard hitting yet poetic report, passed away this morning. Will share more details as and when available,” wrote NDTV’s Alok Pandey on Twitter.
Several members of the media fraternity and politicians paid tribute to Khan. Journalist Rajdeep Sardesai said, “Terribly sad news to report this morning. Kamal Khan, NDTV’s fine reporter from Lucknow and a dear dear friend passed away this morning. I will miss you dearly my friend and our long chats. Lots of memories! Devastated. Om shanti”
Congress leader and former journalist Supriya Shrinate expressed her grief and offered her condolences. She tweeted, “Shocked to hear about the sudden demise of @kamalkhan_NDTV. Rock solid journalist, a great human being.”
Expressing her grief, Bahujan Samaj Party chief Mayawati said, “The news of the sudden demise of Kamal Khan, a well-known and eminent TV journalist associated with NDTV, is very sad and irreparable loss to the journalism world. My deepest condolences to his family and all his loved ones. May the nature give everyone the strength to bear this sorrow, wishing from such a nature.”