Poet-lyricist Gopal Das Neeraj breathes his last at 93

New Delhi: Doyen of Hindi poetry Gopal Das Neeraj passed away this evening at the AIIMS trauma centre here. He was 93.

A Padma Bhushan awardee, Neeraj had suffered a head injury following a fall at his house in Agra and was undergoing treatment at a hospital there, Dr Rajesh Malhotra, chief of the AIIMS trauma centre, said.

“He was shifted to the trauma centre here last night in a critical condition. He had kidney failure, infection all over his body and head injury. He passed away today at around 7.30 pm,” he said.

The poet had also written songs for Bollywood films and was awarded Padma Shri in 1991 and Padma Bhushan in 2007.

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