Eminent writer and social activist Mahasweta Devi passed away at a Kolkata nursing home on Thursday following prolonged illness, an attending doctor said. She was 90.
The Ramon Magsaysay winner is survived by her daughter-in-law and grandchild. Mahasweta Devi's son pre-deceased her two years ago.
"She passed away at 3.16pm following a cardiac arrest and multi-organ failure," the doctor said.
Doctors at the Belle Vue Clinic hospital had said her health had improved during the last few days but it had deteriorated again.
The 90-year-old writer-activist, who is known for her dedicated service for the welfare of tribals in different parts of India, was suffering from kidney and lung ailments, besides blood and urinary tract infections.
The Jnanpith, Padma Vibhushan and Magsaysay awardee has been suffering from age-related illness for a long time and had been admitted in the hospital for around two months.