Mufti Mohammad Sayeed dies at 79; PM Modi pays tribute

Prime Minister Narendra Modi paid tribute to late Jammu and Kashmir chief minister Mufti Mohammad Sayeed at Palam Airport today and extended his condolences. Also, Home Minister Rajnath Singh and MoS PMO Jitendra Singh will attend the last rites ceremony in Srinagar.

7 days state mourning is declared in Jammu and Kashmir following the leader's death..

Mufti Mohammad Sayeed passed away this morning at the age of 79 following illness. He was admitted to AIIMS for the past 14 days.

Sources in the hospital said that Sayeed was put on ventilator support as he was having breathing problems because of infection in the lungs.

Sayeed took over as chief minister of PDP-BJP coalition on March 1 last year.

Sayeed, detected with sepsis, decreased blood counts and pneumonia, was admitted to the hospital on December 24, with complains of neck pain and fever.

He continued to be in the Intensive Care Unit of AIIMS, with doctors remaining anxious as his platelets dropped dangerously low.

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