Bangla Academy President Shamsuzzaman Khan has died in a Dhaka hospital after his battle with COVID-19 at the age of 80.
He breathed his last while undergoing treatment at Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University in Dhaka around 2: 30 pm on Wednesday, said Bangla Academy Secretary AHM Lokman, reports bdnews24.com.
Khan, an academician, folklorist and writer, had served Bangla Academy as its president since June 2020. He also served as the director general of the academy during 2009–2018.
He rose to fame for editing a series of books on folk culture in Bangladesh.
Khan was awarded the Bangla Academy Literary Award in 2001, Ekushey Padak in 2009 and Independence Day Award in 2017.