Journalist Rohit Sardana dies of Covid; PM says ‘huge void in media’

Noida (TIP): Senior journalist and Aaj Tak anchor Rohit Sardana has passed away. The 41-year-old died of cardiac arrest while undergoing treatment at a private hospital in Noida on Friday (April 30).

Rohit Sardana is survived by his wife, two daughters, and his parents.

The 41-year-old Aaj Tak anchor had recently tested positive for Covid-19 but he was active and on his way to recovery. Rohit continued to encourage his colleagues and was amplifying Covid-related posts on Twitter till late Thursday night.

His situation, however, deteriorated on Thursday night, following which he was rushed to Metro Multispecialty Hospital in Noida. He died of a heart attack on the morning of April 30.

The star anchor of Aaj Tak, Rohit hailed from Kurukshetra in Haryana. Rohit was a recipient of the NT Award and ENBA Award for the best anchor as well as the prestigious Ganesh Shankar Vidyarthi Award for Hindi journalism.

In his career that spanned over one-and-a-half-decade, Rohit Sardana started as an announcer in All India Radio after which he made a name for himself as he anchored shows in ETV, Sahara Samay, Zee News and then Aaj Tak.

Rohit Sardana was considered one of the most powerful anchors in Hindi. As the anchor of Aaj Tak’s prime time show, Dangal, Rohit achieved a milestone in TV anchoring which only a few have got.

Prior to this, he was the anchor of a popular show on Zee News.

Rohit never shied away from asking tough questions to politicians. In fact, he would often stop talking to leaders of the ruling party and those in Opposition due to this.

He had millions of followers on social media.

Before making the news of Rohit’s death public, it was the responsibility of the India Today Group to inform his family. The group first informed Rohit’s family of his demise after which the news was shared with the public.

“Rohit Sardana left us too soon. Full of energy, passionate about India’s progress and a kind hearted soul, Rohit will be missed by many people. His untimely demise has left a huge void in the media world. Condolences to his family, friends and admirers. Om Shanti,” tweeted Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

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