Senior journalist and Outlook Group's editorial chairman Vinod Mehta died at the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) in New Delhi on Sunday.
Mehta, 72, who had recently released his second book Editor Unplugged, had been on a ventilatory support and had a massive cardiac arrest on Thursday.
He was transferred to the pulmonary medicine intensive care unit at AIIMS about two weeks ago from Max Hospital in Saket, where he was admitted after a severe bout of pneumonia.
Mehta, had worked with several publications including Debonair, Sunday Observer, Pioneer and Indian Post.
Born in Rawalpindi, Mehta has authored a biography of Meena Kumari and Sanjay Gandhi. His much-talked-about memoir, Lucknow Boy, was published in 2011.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi and home minister Rajnath Singh offered condolences on Mehta's demise.
Frank & direct in his opinions, Vinod Mehta will be remembered as a fine journalist & writer. Condolences to his family on his demise.— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) March 8, 2015
Saddened to learn of veteran journalist Shri Vinod Mehta's demise. He was a sensible journalistic voice well known for his candid comments.— Rajnath Singh (@BJPRajnathSingh) March 8, 2015
I express my heartfelt condolences to Shri Vinod Mehta's bereaved family.His demise has left a big void in the field of journalism.— Rajnath Singh (@BJPRajnathSingh) March 8, 2015