Television news channel NDTV’s Lucknow bureau chief and veteran journalist Kamal Khan passed away on Friday, January 14 due to a heart attack. He is survived by his wife, Ruchi, and their son, Aman. He was last seen on the television news channel just a few hours before his death. In his last appearance, he spoke about the series of exits from the BJP ahead of the upcoming Uttar Pradesh elections. He was a recipient of the Ramnath Goenka Award, and the Ganesh Shanker Vidyarthi Award from the President of India. Several members of the media fraternity and politicians took to their Twitter and shared tweets. They expressed severe grief over the death of Kamal Khan. The hashtag, #RIPSir, #KamalKhan are trending on Twitter.
In an email, NDTV said, “It is a terrible, terrible day for NDTV. We have lost Kamal Khan; he was 61 and the heart and soul of our Lucknow bureau, an NDTV veteran who had boundless time and kind words for anyone who encountered him.”
NDTV further said “Kamal’s reportage over the last decades stood out for its perceptiveness, integrity & the way he delivered hard truths with poetic dexterity. Most of all, he was a wonderful human being, who touched the lives of all those who knew him.”
NDTV also wrote, “As a news anchor Kamal was the picture of poise and expertise, and his language was famous for its trademark elegance, a draw in its own right. Most of all, he was a wonderful and generous human being who had only kind words and boundless time for anyone who met him.”
Rajdeep Sardesai wrote, “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”