Kazi Arif’s janaza held, preparations to bring body back home

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Last tributes was paid by New Yorkers to eminent elocutionist, architect and cultural personality Kazi Arif who passed away at a hospital last night.

His namaj-e-janaza was held at Jamaica Muslim Centre in New York after Maghrib prayer yesterday.

Bangladesh Muktijoddha Sangsad in the United States gave guard of honor to the cultural personality.

The body will be flown by an Emirates Airways to Dhaka from New York at 10:00pm (US local time).

Renowned elocutionist and prestigious cultural phenomenon Kazi Arif has been pronounced ‘clinically dead’ on Saturday noon.

Local media reports claim that he breathed his last at Manhattan’s Mount Sinai Hospital on April 29.

He was 65.

Doctors at a New York hospital took him off life support and declared him dead around 9:30pm Bangladesh Standard Time on Saturday, said Ahkam Ullah, general secretary of Bangladesh Recitation Coordination Council from there.

He also informed that at NYT 8:00 am, life supports will be removed and he will officially be declared dead.

Around 1 am New York time, his daughter Anusuya said doctors had declared Arif clinically dead. His life support would be cut off the following morning, she added, and preparations would be made to bring his body back to Bangladesh.

She also sent a message to cultural secretary general secretary Abhijit Hassan Arif describing the condition of his father.

Reportedly Kazi Arif was on life support following a heart operation in which his heart bulb was replaced and he had undergone a coronary artery bypass surgery.

Born in 1952 in Faridpur, the freedom fighter and architect was widely known for his poetry recitation.

Cultural Affairs Minister Asaduzzaman Noor has condoled the passing of the Liberation War organizer.

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