Veteran journalist Dileep Padgaonkar, a well-known author and former editor of The Times Of India, died at a private hospital here on Friday morning, officials said. He was 72.
Noted journalist Dileep Padgaonkar passes away. pic.twitter.com/URdvMs8KYQ— All India Radio News (@airnewsalerts) November 25, 2016
He was admitted to the Ruby Hospital on November 18 following a massive heart attack.
Senior journalists offered condolences.
My first editor Dileep Padgaonkar, a man of culture and intellect, someone who encouraged young talent, has passed away. RIP— Rajdeep Sardesai (@sardesairajdeep) November 25, 2016
RIP Dileep Padgaonkar, too young to go. Truly young editor in an era of oldies, and among the most non-hierarchical. Generous, erudite & fun— Shekhar Gupta (@ShekharGupta) November 25, 2016
Just heard that my friend and former editor, Dileep Padgaonkar, passed away in Pune. Terrible loss, feel gutted.— Siddharth (@svaradarajan) November 25, 2016
Death of Dileep Padgaonkar loss for journalism. Am devastated.— Sidharth Bhatia (@bombaywallah) November 25, 2016
Senior journalist and fmr TOI Editor Dileep Padgaonkar passes away. #RIP— Zakka Jacob (@Zakka_Jacob) November 25, 2016
Very sad news. RIP Dileep Padgaonkar. https://t.co/vI57pVscy0— Tanvir Sadiq (@tanvirsadiq) November 25, 2016
Even members of political fraternity.
Extremely sad to hear of Sh. Dileep Padgaonkar's passing - may his soul in peace. My condolences to his family.— Jyotiraditya Scindia (@JM_Scindia) November 25, 2016
Sad to know about the passing away of Dileep Padgaonkar, one of the most well known editor of our time #RIP— Manish Sisodia (@msisodia) November 25, 2016
Very sad to know of the demise of veteran journalist Dileep Padgaonkar ji. My heartfelt condolences to the bereaved family.— Vasundhara Raje (@VasundharaBJP) November 25, 2016
Saddened by the demise of renowned Journalist, Shri Dileep Padgaonkar. Heartfelt condolences to the bereaved family. RIP.— M Venkaiah Naidu (@MVenkaiahNaidu) November 25, 2016
Felt very sad to know Dileep Padgaonkar, one of the finest erudite, press veteran passes away. May his soul RIP !— Sharad Pawar (@PawarSpeaks) November 25, 2016
So sorry to hear about the death of Dileep Padgaonkar earlier today. I have fond memories of my many interactions with him. RIP Dileep Sb.— Omar Abdullah (@abdullah_omar) November 25, 2016
Dileep Padgaonkar won many friends & admirers during his many visits to J&K as an interlocutor. He was a patient listener & an honest broker— Omar Abdullah (@abdullah_omar) November 25, 2016
My last touch with Dileep Padgaonkar. He dropped me to my Reuters office. "Agriculture is now a part of the knowledge economy," he said. RIP— Madhavan Narayanan (@madversity) November 25, 2016
Later, he suffered multiple organ failure and was on dialysis after his kidneys stopped functioning.
Born in Pune and educated at St Vincent High School and Fergusson College here, he went to France and studied for a doctorate at the University of Paris-Sorbonne.
In 1978, he served with the UNESCO at Bangkok and later in Paris in different capacities with its Information Section.
Earlier, he was the Paris correspondent of the Times of India and later, after coming to India, became its editor.