Renowned educationist professor Zillur Rahman Siddiqui, prof of the department of English of Rajshahi University, died of cardiac arrest at Samorita Hospital in the capital early Wednesday at the age of 86.
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina expressed deep shock at the death of Independence Award-recipient eminent Professor Zillur Rahman Siddiqui.
In a condolence message, the Prime Minister said Zillur Rahman Siddiqui, former vice chancellor of Jahangirnagar University, worked till his death for building a knowledge-based and progressive society, UNB reports.
"The vacuum that has been created in the field of education due to his demise is never to be filled," she said.
Sheikh Hasina prayed for eternal peace of the departed soul and conveyed deep sympathy to the bereaved family members.
He left behind his wife, three sons, a daughter and hosts of relatives and well-wishers to mourn his death.
Sources at Samorita Hospital said Zillur Rahman Siddiqui had complained of severe chest pain on Tuesday night at his Banani residence.
Later, he was taken to the hospital in the city’s Panthapath at about 1:00am where doctors declared him dead.
Doctors of emergency department of the hospital said Zillur Rahman, a renowned Bangladeshi writer, had breathed his last before he was brought to the hospital.
He was born in Jhenidah in 1928. He served as vice-chancellor of Jahangirnagar University from 1976 to 1984.
The educationist wrote around 40 books in Bengali and English. Professor Zillur edited the literary quarterly Purbamegh and also edited the acclaimed dictionary, Bangla Academy English-Bengali Dictionary.
He got 'Alaol Sahitya Purashkar' in 1977, Bangla Academy Award in 1979, 'Kazi Mahbub Ullah Begum Zebunnisa Trust Award' in 1990, 'Alokto Sahitya Purashkar' in 1998 and 'MA Haque Swarna Padak' in 2003.