New Delhi, News24 Bureau, July 20: Former chief minister Sheila Dikshit passed away on Friday, a day after she was admitted to Fortis Escorts hospital in New Delhi. Three-time Delhi chief minister from Congress, Dikshit had cardiac arrhythmia (irregular heart beat) and had to be immediately put on ventilator, said TV reports.
Confirming the development, Congress party tweeted, "We regret to hear of the passing of Sheila Dikshit. Lifelong Congresswoman and as three time CM of Delhi, she transformed the face of Delhi. Our condolences to her family and friends. Hope they find strength in this time of grief."
Eighty one-year-old Sheila Dikshit underwent a heart surgery in France last year. Ashok Seth, chairman of Fortis Escorts Heart institute had advised that the procedure be performed at University Hospital in Lille, France under the care of Dr Thomas Modine.
Sources said Dikshit had been undergoing treatment at Fortis Escorts hospital under the supervision of Dr Seth for the past few years. She had undergone angioplasty in November 2012 and was also treated for infection some time ago.
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