Shahriar Shahid, managing editor of Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha, passed away at a hospital in Dhaka at around 2:00pm on Saturday.
He was 55.
Shahriar, son of former editor of the now defunct Bangladesh Times AKM Shahidul Haque, was admitted to Apollo Hospitals in the capital on November 14 following a heart attack. He was undergoing treatment at the critical care unit.
He is survived by his wife, son and a host of relatives and well-wishers.
Shahid’s body will be kept at the mortuary of BIRDEM Hospital till November 19. The burial will take place after arrival of his two sisters from Canada.
His body will be taken to his workplace at Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha in the capital’s Purana Paltan on the morning of November 19.
His first namaz-e-janaza will be held after Zuhr prayers at the National Press Club on Monday.
Shahriar wrote over 30 books based-on the interviews of the gallantry award winning freedom fighters.
He made some documentaries on the liberation war and wrote on the region-based history of the liberation war.
President M Abdul Hamid and prime minister Sheikh Hasina expressed profound shock and sorrow at the death of Shahriar Shahid.
In a condolence message, the president prayed for the eternal peace of the departed soul and conveyed sympathy to the bereaved family.
In a separate condolence message, Sheikh Hasina recalled the contributions of Shahriar Shahid in the field of journalism. She also prayed for the eternal peace of the departed soul and conveyed sympathy to the bereaved family.
The Jatiya Party chairman HM Ershad also expressed shock at Shahriar Shahid’s death and conveyed sympathy to his bereaved family.
Managing director and chief editor of Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha Abul Kalam Azad expressed shock at Shahid’s death and prayed for the eternal peace of the departed soul.
BSS unit chief A Z M Sajjad Hossain and deputy chief Kazi Golam Alauddin prayed for the eternal peace of the departed soul and conveyed deep sympathy to the bereaved family.
President and general secretary of Dhaka Reporters’ Unity expressed shock and sorrow at the death of its founding member, Shahriar Shahid.
The DRU general secretary Syed Shukur Ali Shuvo said Shahriar Shahid was an eminent journalist of the country and a jury board member of the DRU.
‘We have lost not only a founding member but also an important member of the Dhaka Reporters’ Unity who played a significant role in the journalism arena,’ he said.
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