Journalist Prabhash Joshi Passes Away

Noted journalist Prabhash Joshi died of a heart attack in his residence in Ghaziabad on Thursday night.  He was 72. He was admitted to a private hospital after he complained of chest pain at 11.30
journalist prabhash joshi passes away - India TV
PTI November 06, 2009 16:56 IST

Noted journalist Prabhash Joshi died of a heart attack in his residence in Ghaziabad on Thursday night.  He was 72.

He was admitted to a private hospital after he complained of chest pain at 11.30 pm, after watching India-Aistralia ODI on TV. Doctors at the hospital declared him dead, family sources said.

He is survived by wife Usha Joshi, two sons -- Sandeep and Sopan -- daughter Sonal and mother Leela Bai.

Joshi, who began his career with Nai Duniya in Indore, was the founder editor of leading Hindi daily "Jansatta" in 1983. After retiring from the newspaper in 1995, he continued as the chief editorial advisor.

Originally from Indore, Joshi, a veteran writer who tried to imbibe Gandhian ideals, blazed a new trail in Hindi journalism with the launch  of 'Jansatta'. Joshi earlier worked with Indian Express as the resident editor at Ahmedabad, Chandigarh and Delhi. He was a close associate of the owner of Indian Express group the late Ramnath Goenka.

A prolific sportswriter, especially in cricket, he, incidentally, suffered a heart attack after watching Thursday's India-Australia ODI match, which India lost by 3 runs.

His body will be taken to Indore on Friday by an evening flight where the last rites will be performed at the banks of Narmada. 

Batting great Sachin Tendulkar on Friday  expressed his shock at noted journalist Prabhash Joshi's death, saying it left a void which would be difficult to fill.

"I'm really shocked by his demise," Tendulkar told PTI. 

"He was a keen follower of the game and his death has left a void," said the star batsman whose sublime 175 last night could not avert India's three-run defeat against Australia. Right throughout, his words and opinions have always encouraged me," Tendulkar added. 

BCCI spokesman Rajiv Shukla also mourned Joshi's death. PTI

 
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