Senior journalist and TV anchor Girish Nikam died on Monday following a massive heart attack.
Nikam, 59, complained of uneasiness after a programme shoot in the studios and was taken to Ram Manohar Lohia hospital where he breathed his last, according to his associates.
His last message on Twitter was about ban on NDTV. He had asked the I&B ministry to make the questionable video of NDTV broadcast public.
He had tweeted, “I think the I&B Ministry should upload the video which was considered by the Inter-ministerial c’tee recommending the #Ban on #NDTVIndia.”
Nikam started his journalistic career with “Star of Mysore” in Mysuru and later shifted to Indian Express, Bengaluru.
He had worked in other media organisations including India Today, Deccan Chronicle and News Today before doing programmes for Rajya Sabha TV.
Nikam’s body will be taken to Bengaluru on Tuesday for the last rites.
Prasar Bharati Chairman A Suryaprakash was among others who condoled the death of Nikam.
Suryaprakash said Nikam was an extremely versatile mediaperson who traversed the worlds of print, television and social media.
Here are some reactions;
Absolutely shocked to hear of the sudden death of @rajyasabhatv anchor Girish Nikam. Just appeared on his show a couple of hours back. RIP
— bhupendra chaubey (@bhupendrachaube) November 7, 2016
Saddened by d sudden demise of Shri Girish Nikam. Known him 4 many years right frm early ETV days. My condolences to d bereaved family. RIP
— M Venkaiah Naidu (@MVenkaiahNaidu) November 7, 2016
Deeply saddened to learn about the sudden demise of Shri Girish Nikam. Had the pleasure of participating in many of his programmes. RIP.
— Raghav Chadha (@raghav_chadha) November 7, 2016
Veteran journalist Girish Nikam passes away almost literally on the job. Died soon after recording a show for RS tv. RIP
— Rajdeep Sardesai (@sardesairajdeep) November 7, 2016
Totally stunned to hear my colleague and dear friend Girish Nikam has left us forever.
RIP Comrade ! You will live in our hearts forever. pic.twitter.com/ZrTw865KKF
— Arfa Khanum Sherwani (@khanumarfa) November 7, 2016