Fact Check: Former President Pranab Mukherjee Is Alive

The Logical Indian Fact check team investigates the claim that former President of India Dr Pranab Mukherjee succumbed to COVID-19.

India   |   13 Aug 2020 7:49 AM GMT / Updated : 2020-08-15T08:59:15+05:30
Writer : Aditi Chattopadhyay | Editor : Bharat Nayak | Creatives : Abhishek M
Fact Check: Former President Pranab Mukherjee Is Alive

Former President of India Dr Pranab Mukherjee was admitted to the Army Hospital (R&R) Delhi Cantt at 12:07 hours on 10 August 2020 and underwent a surgery for removal of a clot in his brain. He was also found to be COVID-19 positive.

Soon after a piece of news started doing the rounds which said that former President of India succumbed to the virus. One such post cited a report by media portal 'Northeastupdate.in'. The report has now been taken down.

The consulting editor at India Today Group, Rajdeep Sardesai had also tweeted, "Breaking: Former president Pranab Mukherjee has passed away.. farewell Pranab da.. many many fond memories of a dyed in the wool true Indira generation politician who lived and breathed politics.."

The Logical Indian received a request to verify this 'news'.


Former President of India Dr Pranab Mukherjee succumbed to COVID-19.

Fact Check:

The claim is false.

As of August 13, 7 AM, the former President remains in critical condition but alive.

According to the latest update, residents of Kirnahar and Mukherjee's extended family members started a 72-hour 'yagna' on Janmashtami that was onAugust 11. His family members also offered prayers in his ancestral village Miriti.

Pranab Mukherjee's son Abhijit Mukherjee tweeted on August 12 that his father was 'haemodynamically stable'.

Sharmistha Mukherjee's called the rumours false in her latest tweet.

Sardesai later issued a clarification on his tweet.

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Claim Review :  Former President of India Dr Pranab Mukherjee succumbed to COVID-19.
Claimed By :  Social Media posts
Fact Check :  False
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Aditi Chattopadhyay

Aditi Chattopadhyay

Fact Checker

Aditi, part of the fact checking team of The Logical Indian likes to read, write, cook and laugh, in short live life as it is supposed to be. What makes her fascinated is to discover the truth behind a story and more often than not, it is either fact or myth at the end.

Bharat Nayak

Bharat Nayak

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As the founding editor, Bharat had been heading the newsroom during the formation years of the organization and worked towards editorial policies, conceptualizing and designing campaign strategies and collaborations. He believes that through the use of digital media, one could engage the millennial's in rational conversations about pertinent social issues, provoking them to think and bring a behavioral change accordingly.

Abhishek M

Abhishek M

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" An engineer by profession, Abhishek is the creative producer of the team, graphic designing is his passion and travelling his get away. In more ways than one, he makes the content visually appealing."

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