Riteish Deshmukh’s father, Science and Technology minister and former chief minister of Maharashtra, Vilasrao Deshmukh, 67 has passed away due to liver and multiple organ failure at the Global Health City Hospital in Chennai earlier today.
Although doctors were hopeful his condition would improve and were even planning a liver transplant, with son Riteish ready and willing to donate his liver to his father; when Vilasrao was stable enough to have a transplant there were no donors available.
Initially having registered with the Tamil Nadu organ registry for donors, Mr Deshmukh was set to receive organs from a 31 year old brain dead man. However, the 31 year old suffered from a cardiac arrest before he could be operated on to retrieve the organs for Mr Deshmukh.
It is said that Mr Deshmukh was on ventilator support and died at 1.40pm today. A doctor who was attending to Mr Deshmukh said, “The death came due to a progression of disease.” (Source HindustanTimes)
Many Bollywood stars took to twitter to mourn the death of Mr Deshmukh,
Aftab Shivdasani: “Shocked and sad to hear of the passing of Shri Vilasrao Deshmukh. Prayers and peace to Riteish and the whole family”
Madhuri Dixit: “Sorry to hear that Vilasrao Deshmukh has passed away. Our condolences go out to his family.”
Karan Johar: “RIP Vilasrao sir. Thoughts and prayers with the family… love you Riteish, all the strength and all the courage.”
Dia Mirza: “This is just so sad… My heart goes out to the entire Deshmukh family…”
Kamaal R Khan: “RIP Vilasrao Deshmukh ji. He was one of the best n honest politicians in India. We will always miss you sir. You will be alive in our hearts.”
Raveena Tandon: “Rest in peace Vilasrao Deshmukh. Condolences to the bereaved family, Riteish and (his wife) Genelia, words cannot express the shock and grief we (are) feeling.”
Farah Khan: “RIP Vilasrao Deshmukh. You will be missed. Condolences to Riteish & genelia and the family.”
Bipasha Basu: “RIP Vilasrao Deshmukh Sir! Strength to you Riteish and family! Extremely sad news!”
Ayesha Takia Azmi: “Sad sad day, RIP Mr. Vilasrao Deshmukh.”
Vivek Oberoi ”My condolences to the Deshmukh family, my heart goes out to my buddy @Riteishd , our prayers are with you bro!”
Shah Rukh Khan expressed his sorrow to NDTV, “I’m feeling very sorry. I have known him for years. (His son) Riteish is a close friend of mine. I spoke to him. I am very sad, it is very unexpected, he was a wonderful gentleman, apart from being the chief minister, he was a very wonderful person. My respects to the family. I am deeply disturbed,”
Although his reputation was repeatedly compromised by several allegations of corruption, Vilasrao Deshmukh remained a valued member in government. Prime Minister, Manmohan Singh described him as “a valued cabinet colleague and an able administrator. We will miss him in the government.” (Source: BBC)
It is said Mr Vilasrao Deshmukh will be cremated in his native village Babhalgaon in Latur district on Wednesday.
Dilip Deshmukh, brother of Vilasrao Deshmukh said from 9am to 3pm people will be able to pay their last respects and the funeral procession will start at 3pm with the last rites being performed at 4pm. (Source: TOI)
Our respects go out to the Deshmukh family at this difficult time.