Sports journalist Siddhartha Mishra dies

Chennai: Siddhartha Mishra, national sports editor of the New Indian Express, died here Tuesday following a brief illness. He was 41.

Mishra, who hailed from Odisha capital Bhubaneswar, is survived by his parents, wife Prachi Tara Mishra, a daughter and a son.

Mishra, a product of the Times School of Journalism, joined The Times of India in 1997 and after working on various desks took over as desk in-charge of the Delhi Times.

After his stint with the Delhi Times, he was shifted to the Times of India Sports Department in 2006 as Assistant Editor.

Mishra, an M.Phil from Delhi University, then worked with TV channel NewsX for a few months in 2008 before shifting to the New Indian Express.

A prolific writer, Mishra was a keen follower of cricket, though his columns on other sports were also well appreciated.

His body is being taken to his home town for last rites Wednesday.