KK Aggarwal, former IMA president, dies of COVID-19

Former national president of IMA, Dr KK Aggarwal passed away due to complications related to COVID-19 at AIIMS, Delhi on Monday night.

Aggarwal (62), had been on ventilator support since last week.

According to the statement posted on Twitter, Aggarwal passed away at 11.30 pm on Monday after a “lengthy battle with COVID-19”.

“Even during the pandemic, he made constant efforts to educate the masses and was able to reach out to 100 million people through numerous videos and educational programmes and saved countless lives. He wanted his life to be celebrated and not mourned,” the statement said.

Aggarwal posted videos raising awareness about the deadly virus on his Twitter handle. Even while he was hospitalised, his team at the Heart Care Foundation of India kept uploading videos about COVID-19.

The former IMA president is survived by his wife Dr Veena Agarwal, son Nilesh and daughter Naina.

He had received the Padma Shri, the country’s fourth-highest civilian honour, in 2010. He was also honoured with the Dr B C Roy Award.