Veteran journalist Vinod Mehta passes away

Veteran journalist and author Vinod Mehta passed away on Sunday after a prolonged illness. He was 73.

New Delhi: Veteran journalist and author Vinod Mehta passed away on Sunday after a prolonged illness. He was 73.

The founder-Editor of 'Outlook' magazine breathed his last at All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) where he was admitted.

He died of multiple organ failure, AIIMS spokesperson Amit Gupta said.

Born in Rawalpindi (now in Pakistan) in 1942, Mehta was known for his bold journalism.

He was the Editor-in-Chief of 'Outlook' magazine till February 2012.

Prior to his stint with 'Outlook', he had successfully launched 'The Pioneer' newspaper in Delhi nearly three decades back.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi condoled his death.

"Frank & direct in his opinions, Vinod Mehta will be remembered as a fine journalist & writer. Condolences to his family on his demise," Modi tweeted.