Former President Pranab Mukherjee died at the age of 84 [Photo: PTI]

INDIA – Former Indian President Pranab Mukherjee died at the age of 84, according to a tweet his son sent online Monday.

“With a Heavy Heart, this is to inform you that my father Shri #PranabMukherjee has just passed away inspite of the best efforts of Doctors of RR Hospital & prayers, duas & prarthanas from people throughout India! I thank all of You,” tweeted Abhijit Mukherjee.

India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi tweeted a tribute, saying “India grieves the passing away of Bharat Ratna Shri Pranab Mukherjee.”

“He has left an indelible mark on the development trajectory of our nation. A scholar par excellence, a towering statesman, he was admired across the political spectrum and by all sections of society.”  He added.

India’s government announced seven days of mourning in response to the news of Mukherjee’s death. Flags will be flown at half mast, and there will be no official entertainment, it said in a press release as CNN wrote.

Meanwhile, Afghan President Ashraf Ghani shared grief with Indian people, as he conveyed his “deepest sympathies to the Indian Prime Minister and the family of late Pranab Mukherjee,” Presidential Palace said in a tweet.

“Late Pranab Mukherjee delivered immense services to India and for prosperity of the Indians,” the Palace added. “I am confident the great nation of India will always remember his remarkable achievements and endeavors.”

Earlier this month, the former president said in a tweet that he had contracted Covid-10, but there was no announcement from the hospital or his family about the cause of his death.