Vinod Dua’s daughter Mallika rubbishes his death rumours, says dad in ICU

Veteran journalist Vinod Dua, who was hospitalised with Covid earlier this year, is in the ICU.  His daughter and actor-comic Mallika Dua on Monday asked people not to spread rumours about his death. She said her father’s condition was “beyond critical”.

Vinod Dua (67), a pioneer in broadcast Hindi journalism with stints in Doordarshan and NDTV, lost his wife Padmavati ‘Chinna’ Dua to Covid in June.

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Senior journalist Vinod Dua lost his wife Padmavati ‘Chinna’ to Covid in June. Photo: Social media

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“My Papaji is beyond critical in the ICU. His health had been deteriorating rapidly since April. He also is unable to come to terms with losing the light of his life. He has lived an extraordinary life and given us the same. He deserves no pain. He is immensely loved and revered and I request you all to pray that he experiences as little pain as possible,” Mallika Dua wrote.

As news of his ill-health spread, rumours started making the rounds about his death. Some people even posted condolence messages, prompting his daughter to request people to not spread death rumours.

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Vinod Dua and his wife were in a hospital in Gurgaon when the second Covid wave was at its peak. Photo: Social media

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“Request everyone to not spread rumours about my father’s demise. He is in the ICU. Fighting still. Whatever be the outcome. Let him have his dignity,” she said. “Do not believe/spread misinformation please. I will issue all official news and updates on him. Not Twitter,” Mallika wrote on her Instagram stories.

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-PTC News with agency inputs