H. Vasanthakumar, Congress MP, from Kanyakumari constituency in Tamil Nadu, died at Apollo Hospital, Chennai, on Friday (August 28). He was 70.
He was admitted to the hospital on August 11 with symptoms of COVID-19. Subsequent tests confirmed that he had contracted COVID. Vasanthakumar, who is also an entrepreneur and runs the Vasanth & Co. enterprises, is the first sitting MP to die of COVID-19 in the country.
His wife, Tamil Selvi, was also undergoing treatment for COVID.
Vasanthakumar was Member of the Legislative Assembly twice in the past and also held the post of working president of the Tamil Nadu State Congress Committee (TNCC).
Congress spokesperson Randeep Surjewala tweeted his condolence. He said: “All of us, along with lakhs of supporters, will always miss him.”
Deeply saddened at the untimely demise of a born fighter, resolute Congressman, M.P & Working President of TNCC – Sh. H. Vasanthakumar.
All of us, along with lakhs of his supporters, will always miss him deeply. Heartfelt condolences to family & well wishers. RIP. pic.twitter.com/TyCyzCRIgK
— Randeep Singh Surjewala (@rssurjewala) August 28, 2020