Ekushey Padak winning poet Belal Chowdhury died at a city hospital on Tuesday. He was 79, reports UNB.
The prominent poet breathed his last at 12:30pm at Anwar Khan Modern Hospital in Dhanmondi, Abdullah Pratik Chowdhury, eldest son of the poet, told UNB.
The decision of his burying and funeral will be taken later after consulting with the family members, he added.
The poet was admitted to Anwar Khan Modern Hospital in Dhanmondi on 27 August. Since then he was admitted at the hospital.
The poet was suffering from diabetes and kidney problem for long.
Chowdhury served Bharat Bichitra as its editor, published from Indian embassy in Dhaka. He was also an editor of Shaptahik Sandwip and Krittibas, a Bengali poetry magazine edited by Sunil Gangopadhyay.
Belal Chowdhury also has reputation as journalist, essayist and translator. He was awarded Ekushey Padak in 2014 for his literary contribution. He also received Bangla Academy Literary Award.
Belal Chowdhury was born on 12 November 1938 in Sharsdi village of Feni in the then Bengal Presidency under the British rule.