Eminent author and educationist Professor Zillur Rahman Siddiqui has died on early Wednesday at the age of 86.
Sources at Samorita Hospital said Zillur Rahman had complained of severe chest pain on Tuesday night at his Banani residence.
Later, he was taken to the hospital in the Dhaka's Panthapath at about 1:00am where on-duty doctors declared him dead.
Doctor at the emergency department of the hospital said Zillur Rahman had breathed his last before he was brought to the hospital.
He left behind his wife, three sons, a daughter and a host of relatives and thousands of well-wishers to mourn his death.
This renowned Bangladeshi writer was born on February 23, 1928 at Durgapur in Jhenaidah district.
The body of Zillur Rahman will be taken to Jahangirnagar University at 8am today and be kept there for an hour so that teachers and students of the university can pay their last respect to him. The first namaj-e-janaza of will be held there.
Later, his body will be brought to the Central Shaheed Minar at 11am and will be kept there till 1pm today to facilitate the people of all strata of the society to pay their last respect.
Family sources said the second namaj-e-janaza of Siddiqui will be held at Dhaka University Central Mosque after zohr prayer. It is yet to be finalized whether he will be buried at Banani graveyard or Savar.
Zillur Rahman Siddiqui served as professor of the Department of English in Rajshahi University, Vice-Chancellor of Jahangirnagar University (1976 to 1984), and his most celebrated contribution was the editing of Bangla Academy English-Bengali Dictionary.
He was also the editor of the literary quarterly 'Purbamegh' and monthly 'Dipankar'. He authored forty books in Bangla and English language.
He received several prizes in his lifetime such as 'Alaol Sahitya Purashkar' in 1977, Bangla Academy Award in 1979, 'Kazi Mahbub Ullah Begum Zebunnisa Trust Award' in 1990, 'Alokto Sahitya Purashkar' in 1998 and 'MA Haque Swarna Padak' in 2003.
Zillur Rahman Siddiqui matriculated from Jessore Zilla School in 1945 with distinction. Later he studied at Presidency College in Kolkata. Later, he came to Dhaka and took his BA in 1950 and MA in 1951 in English Literature with First Class in both from Dhaka University.
Later he moved abroad for studying English Literature at Worcester College of Oxford University during 1952-54.
During the caretaker government under Justice Shabuddin Ahmed in 1990-91, Professor Zillur Rahman Siddiqui served as an Advisor, being in charge of Ministry of Education.