Eminent journalist Shamsuddin Ahmed, also a permanent member of the Jatiya Press Club (JPC), died of cancer at Dhaka Medical College Hospital yesterday morning. He was 70.
He left behind his wife, four sons, two daughters and a host of relatives to mourn his death. Shamsuddin Ahmed had a journalism career spanning over four decades. He was buried at Jurain graveyard in the capital after Maghrib prayers.
Earlier, his first namaz-e-janaza was held on the press club premises and the second one at a local mosque near his Gendaria residence.
In a message, JPC president Muhammad Shafiqur Rahman and acting general secretary Shahed Chowdhury expressed their condolences at the death of Shamsuddin.
Born in Louhajang thana under Munshiganj in 1947, Shamsuddin Ahmed started his journalism career with the then Radio Pakistan in the late 60s. Since then, he had worked for Eastern News Agency (ENA), The Daily New Nation and lastly at United News of Bangladesh (UNB), where he worked for many years, serving as a city editor and a chief reporter before retiring in 2012. He was also the vice-president of the Bangladesh chapter of Commonwealth Journalists Association.