Abhishek Chatterjee, the Bengali actor, died on Thursday at his residence in Kolkata. He was 58.
While the exact cause of his death has not been officially revealed, reports state that Chatterjee died of a massive cardiac arrest. The late actor had reportedly complained of uneasiness in the stomach on Wednesday, during the shooting of a non-fiction show, and was later administered saline at his Prince Anwar Shah Road home.
Bharat Kaul, another Bengali actor and Chatterjee’s friend, told Anandabazar Online, “Abhishek first fell ill on Tuesday due to food poisoning. He was taken home after shooting for sometime, in the same condition. He also came to film the reality show Smart Pair of Star Jalsha on Wednesday. His blood pressure suddenly dropped to 60. He was immediately given black coffee. We sent him back home around 2.30 pm. That was our last meeting.”
West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee took to Twitter and expressed her grief over Chatterjee’s demise. “Sad to know of the untimely demise of our young actor Abhishek Chatterjee,” she said. “Abhishek was talented and versatile in his performances, and we shall miss him. It is a great loss for our TV and film industry. My condolences to his family and friends,” she further wrote.
The mayor of Kolkata Firhad Hakim also tweeted condolences, saying, “Deeply pained by the untimely demise of talented and young actor of our Bengal film industry Abhishek Chatterjee. A strong personality both on-screen and off it, he will be missed (by) us and his countless admirers and followers.”
Chatterjee made his debut in the Bengali film industry with Pathbhola in 1986. Directed by Tarun Majumdar, the film starred him alongside Prosenjit Chatterjee, Tapas Paul, Sandhya Roy, and Utpal Dutt in the film.
Throughout his career, the late actor was seen in several popular films like Toofan, Mayer Anchal, Maryada, Amar Prem, Sabuj Saathi, and Papi.
Recently, he had started working in Bengali television shows and was starring in the Star Jalsha serial Kharkuto.
Chatterjee is survived by his wife and daughter.