This is the shocking moment a professor died while broadcasting on live television.
Professor Rita Jitendra choked and passed away while speaking during the filming of ‘Good Morning J&K’.
Speaking about her life and career to date, the renowned professor, writer and artist suddenly stopped speaking mid-sentence and collapsed.
Professor Rita Jitendra was appearing on the Indian talkshow DD Kashir’s ‘Good Morning J&K’ to discuss her life
Zahid Mukhtar, the anchor of the show, said: ‘She was telling us a few interesting things about her life and was looking absolutely normal.
‘But suddenly she stopped talking and began having hiccups. We had to cut the interview (and switch to) a documentary to attend to her and take her to hospital.’
He told the Indian Telegraph: ‘She had a great association with television and her last words were on how she had started doing the dramas.’
Hafiza Muzaffar, Rita’s host in Srinagar, said while Ms Jitendra was being driven to the studio for the interview, she said she wanted her death to be like former President A.P.J. Abdul Kalam’s.
Muzaffar, former secretary of the state women’s commission, said: ‘She told him that Dr Kalam had died while working. That is how she met her end too. She breathed her last in the studio itself.’
She was declared dead on arrival at the SMHS Hospital in Jammu, India.
Dr Saleem Tak said she died due to a sudden cardiac arreest.
He said: ‘The cardiac arrest may have taken place due to heart arrhythmia, which is an abnormal heart beating.’
Professor Jitendra passed away on the show, where she was speaking about her life and career
Her body was later handed over to her family. The producer of the show, Tanveer Mir, said Jitendra choked suddenly and collapsed.
Mir told Kashmir Reader: ‘It’s shocking for us as this is the first incident in the Doordarshan history when any guest died in a live program.’
He added: ‘We managed to run the whole programme to keep the broadcast uninterrupted. But we are very saddened with this incident and we pray for the departed soul.’