Veteran journalist, Language Movement hero and freedom fighter Sadeq Khan passed away at his Baridhara residence in Dhaka yesterday. He was 83.
Sources close to the family said he fell unconscious in his bathroom in the morning. When his family members took him to the United Hospital, the doctors pronounced him dead, reported UNB.
The contributing editor of the Weekly Holiday is survived by his wife and son as well as a host of relatives and well-wishers.
His body will be brought to National Press Club at 10am today for his namaz-e-janaza and also so that his colleagues could pay last respects.
Another namaz-e-janaza will be held at Gulshan Azad Mosque after Zohr prayers, after which he will be buried in his father's grave at Banani graveyard.
An Ekushey Padak recipient in 2002, Sadeq was and active member of the Communist Party of Bangladesh.
He was the brother of Civil Aviation and Tourism Minister Rashed Khan Menon and son of late Justice Abdul Jabbar Khan, who was the speaker of Pakistan National Assembly during the Ayub Khan regime.
Information Minister Hasanul Haque Inu, Nobel Laureate Prof Muhammad Yunus and BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia have expressed condolences over his death in seperate messages.
National Press Club President Muhammad Shafiqur Rahman and General Secretary Quamrul Islam expressed deep shock at the death of the veteran journalist and conveyed sympathy to his bereaved family members.