Kolkata: BCCI president Jagmohan Dalmiya passed away following a cardiac arrest here on Sunday. The 75-year-old was hospitalised on Thursday night due to chest pain.
Dalmiya underwent a coronary angiography on Friday and was under observation.
"Mr. Dalmiya died of internal gastrointestinal bleeding and internal organ failure," hospital sources said confirming the veteran cricket administrators death.
Cricket Association of Bengal (CAB) sources added: "At 6 pm, his condition deteriorated and shortly afterwards he suffered a massive cardiac arrest from which he could not recover."
According to reports, the West Bengal heavyweight hadn’t been in a position to participate in the board’s daily activities due to health problems for a long time.
Dalmiya’s death brought an end to an era where cricketers like Sachin Tendulkar, Sourav Ganguly, VVS Laxman, Rahul Dravid flourished.
BCCI secretary Anurag Thakur tweeted: “The greatest sports administrator of India has passed away,an era ends. A personal loss to me & Indian cricket.”
West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee told ANI: “He (Dalmiya) was a giant amongst sports administrators, a true lover of Bengal. On my way to pay my respect.”
Sad. Dalmiya ji passes away. He was a giant amongst sports administrators, a true lover of Bengal. On my way to pay my respect. RIP: WB CM— ANI (@ANI_news) September 20, 2015
Dalmiya, who was known as the Machiavelli of Indian cricket, also served as the president of International Cricket Council earlier and the CAB.
He had joined the BCCI in 1979 and became its treasurer in 1983 – the year India won the World Cup.
Thakur also added how Dalmiya acted as a mentor to the entire bunch running the board presently.
I knew Dalmiya Ji for over 15 years. He was a mentor to us all & a true lover of the game. His guidance & passion was immense. @BCCI— Anurag Thakur (@ianuragthakur) September 20, 2015