May 21, 2021, 2:33 PM

Late Rajya Sabha MP Raghunath Mohapatra

Late Rajya Sabha MP Raghunath Mohapatra

Tragedy struck the family of Rajya Sabha MP Raghunath Mohapatra three times in a month as the MP and his two sons died because of COVID-19 within a span of just 12 days in Bhubaneswar.

While Mohapatra died of COVID on May 9 at the age of 78 at AIIMS in Bhubaneshwar, his eldest son Josabanta (52) died on Thursday, followed by his seond son Prashant (48) on Wednesday. While Prashant was a former Ranji player, BCCI referee and a coach, his brother Josabanta was involved in the family business of stone carving.

Mohapatra, who was a recipient of Padma Vibhushan, had five children - Three sons and two daughters. Sadly, his youngest son Sushant died of heart attack six years ago. As per reports, Mohapatra's wife Rajani Mohapatra (70), who has recovered from the infection, was inconsolable after three successive deaths in the family. 

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