Story By: Ernest Bio Bogore, Sub-Editor: Joseph Golder, Agency: Newsflash
The great-grandson of iconic Indian civil rights campaigner Mahatma Gandhi has died days after celebrating his 66th birthday of COVID-19 complications.
Photographer Satish Dhupelia, 66, who lived in Durban in South Africa, died as a result of complications related to the virus, according to his sister.
She posted a message on social media saying: “My beloved brother has passed on after a month of illness with pneumonia, a superbug contacted in hospital and then Covid-19 also contracted while he was being treated. He suffered a major cardiac arrest this evening.”
He celebrated his birthday on Thursday last week which included posting a cheerful message on Facebook holding a teddy bear and announcing that they were both now 66.
However, his condition worsened and he died on 22nd November.
Dhupelia was a member of the Gandhi Development Trust and an active campaigner in the local community for women’s rights and regularly helped out the poor and needy through campaigning for social justice.
He leaves behind his two sisters, Uma and Kirti, who are also the children of Manilal Gandhi who remained behind in South Africa when Mahatma Gandhi returned India.
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