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Newsmen Bureau

Kolkata, 20 September: THE resident editor of Times of India in Kolkata, Sumit Sen, has passed away at a private nursing home off E M Bypass in the city on Sunday night. He is survived by wife and the family lives at Tollygunge in south Kolkata.

Around 59-years of age, he was admitted to Ruby Hospital recently after his condition deteriorated as he was suffering from blood cancer.

Sen was battling the deadly disease for the past over six months and had received treatment at the Tata Memorial Hospital in Mumbai.

Sumit Sen
Late Sumit Sen

After his condition improved, he returned to Kolkata about three months ago and since then was receiving treatment as an outpatient at the Ruby Hospital off E M Bypass under the supervision of a famed physician of the Bengal Oncology Centre located near Deshapriya Park.

Sen’s sudden demise comes as a big shock to all his friends and colleagues as he had recuperated to a great extent. Sen had also resumed attending office regularly about two months ago.

Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee was at the B M Birla Heart Research Centre tonight to pay her last respect to departed BCCI president Jagmohan Dalmiya, when she got to know of Sen’s demise.

“Such a sad day. I had spoken to him (Sen) only two days ago. After I was told about his demise, I did not believe this at first and sent a text to his mobile asking if he was okay,” Banerjee said adding that she was going to Ruby Hospital to pay her last respect to Sen.

Sen’s WhatsApp profile displays “Live you dream” and the status shows that it was last accessed at 4.23 pm on Sunday.

Sen’s demise has brought a pall of gloom over the media fraternity in Kolkata as he was always friendly to even a novice scribe.

Sen began his journalism carrier from The Statesman in the 1980’s and used to report on the crime beat initially. He later switched over first to The Hindustan Times and then to the Times of India in Kolkata of which he was the resident editor till he breathed his last tonight.