Chennai: Satish Dhupelia, the South African great-grandson of Mahatma Gandhi, succumbed to Covid-19 complications in Johannesburg on Sunday, three days after his 66th birthday, a family member said.
Dhupelia’s sister Uma Dhupelia-Mesthrie posted a message confirming that her brother had died of Covid-19 related complications. According to Uma, Satish had contracted the disease in the hospital while he was undergoing treatment for pneumonia.
“My beloved brother has passed on after a month of illness with pneumonia, a superbug contracted in hospital and then Covid-19 also contracted while he was being treated. He suffered a major cardiac arrest this evening,” Uma said.
Besides Uma, Dhupelia leaves back another sister, Kirti Menon, who lives in Johannesburg, where she is active in various projects honouring the memory of Gandhi.