Sushma Swaraj, a popular politician in India, has died. She suffered a heart attack in a shocking death that left supporters reeling. Her Twitter account had just posted a message a few hours before her death. She leaves behind many people who loved her dearly, including her daughter and her husband Swaraj Kaushal.
Sushma Swaraj Died of a Massive Heart Attack
Sushma Swaraj was 67 when she died after suffering a massive heart attack, News 18 reported. Shortly after breaking news reports shared that she had been admitted to AIIMS after a heart attack, reports were updated with the sad news that she had died. Her family, including her husband, were with her at AIMS when she died, along with political leaders.
The Indian National Congress tweeted their condolences.
Just a Few Hours Before Her Death, She Posted on Twitter Thanking the Prime Minister
Just a few hours before her death, she had posted to Twitter. She thanked Prime Minister Narendra Modi for the government’s stance on Kashmir. She wrote: ” Thank you Prime Minister. Thank you very much. I was waiting to see this day in my lifetime.”
She Had a Kidney Transplant in 2016 & She Didn’t Contest a Recent General Election Because of Health Reasons
In 2016, Swaraj had a kidney transplant. She decided in December 2018 not to contest the general election in India, which she had lost, because of health reasons, Times of India reported.
At the time, she said it was because she needed to “save herself from dust and stay safe from infection,” Times of India reported. She said her health was good, but she wanted to take precautions to stay healthy. She said a big limitation to her health was the need to avoid dust.
After the swearing-in ceremony for her successor, she shared an emotional tweet. She wrote: “Prime Minister, you gave me an opportunity to serve our countrymen and overseas Indians as the Foreign Minister for five years and personally, also, gave me respect throughout my tenure. I am very grateful to you. I pray that our government becomes very successful.”
When Swaraj decided not to contest the elections in late 2018 so she could focus on her health, her husband posted a series of tweets thanking her for the decision, India Times reported. He wrote, in part: “I am also running behind you for the last 41 years. I am no longer a 19 year old. Please – I am also running out of breath. Thank you.”
She Was One of the Most-Followed Politicians on Twitter
The Washington Post once referred to Swaraj as the “supermom” of India. She was also one of the most-followed politicians on Twitter, with more than 13 million followers.
Swaraj served as the Minister of External Affairs of India from 2014 to May 30, 2019. She was only the second woman to hold that office. Swaraj also was elected a Member of Parliament seven times. In 1977, was the youngest cabinet minister in Haryana at the age of 25. She was the first woman chief minister of Delhi, Times of India shared.
Thousands of people are offering their condolences for Swaraj’s death and their sympathies to her family. She was greatly loved and many were shocked and saddened to learn about her death.