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Coronavirus update: Poet and lyricist Rahat Indori dies of cardiac arrest at 70

Just earlier today, the renowned poet had tested positive for COVID-19 and was admitted to the Aurobindo hospital in his hometown Indore.

Photo: Courtesy of Dr Rahat Indori on Facebook

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Renowned Urdu poet and occasional film lyricist Rahat Indori died of cardiac arrest at a hospital in his hometown Indore in Madhya Pradesh state. He was 70.

The poet had only been admitted to the Aurobindo hospital earlier in the day after testing positive for COVID-19.

Indori, who was quite active on social media, had tweeted this morning that he had tested positve and been admitted to hospital. "After showing initial COVID-19 symptoms, I was tested for the virus on Monday and I am declared positive for the virus today and have been admitted to Aurobindo hospital,” he wrote.

The news of his death was also released by his official Twitter handle in the evening.

Born Rahat Quraishi, the poet was renowned for his fiery Urdu verses through which he boldly expressed his socio-political views.

As a film lyricist, he contributed to quite a few Hindi films like Khuddar (1994), Mission Kashmir (2000) and Munna Bhai M.B.B.S (2003).

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