Prominent journalist T.N. Gopakumar passes away

Saturday, Jan 30, 2016,9:55 IST By metrovaartha A A A

Thiruvananthapuram | Veteran journalist and Asianet News Editor-in-chief T.N. Gopakumar (58) has died. He died of heart attack at a private hospital in Thiruvananthapuram before day break Saturday.

Gopakumar, who was undergoing treatment for cancer for some time, leaves behind his wife and two daughters.

Gopakumar’s body will be laid for public view at Asianet headquarters and Press Club in Thiruvananthapuram. Funeral will take place at 5 p.m. today at Thykkad shantikavadam with full state honours.

Gopakumar, fondly known as TNG, started his journalistic career with Indian Express and went on to work with Mathrubhumi, News Time, Statesman, Independent and India Today. He also contributed to BBC Radio before joining Asianet.

He also made a mark with his weekly TV programme ‘Kannadi’ (mirror), focusing on touching social issues which made him very popular. ‘Kannadi’ recently celebrated 1,000 episodes and ran for 22 years.

Gopakumar directed a film ‘Jeevan Mashai’ in 2001 and a serial ‘Verukal’ (Roots) for Doordarshan. Author of several books, he won the Kerala Sahitya Akademi award for ‘Suchindram Rekhakal’ besides many other awards during his three decades of journalistic career.