Hours Earlier, She Low-Key Prophesied Her Death
Unfortunately, death can hit when you least expect it and one Indian woman had to experience hers live on T.V.
According to Telegraph India, broadcasting legend Rita Jitendra died live on-air during the show Good Morning J&R.
The long-retired woman was on the show talking about her life and memories, when she suddenly experienced a cardiac arrest. She literally started choking on TV and died a few minutes later. “We had to cut the interview (and switch to) a documentary to attend to her and take her to hospital,” Zahid Mukhtar, the anchor of the show said. Jitendra was 81 years old when she passed.
If you have the strength to watch the disturbing death, you can check it out here. .
Mukhtar continued, “She had a great association with television and her last words were on how she had started doing the dramas.”
Someone who accompanied Jitendra that day, Hafiza Muzaffar, said Jitendra was having a conversation with a network official in the car and she said she wanted her death to be similar to the Indian president A.P.J. Abdul Kalam.
“She told him that Dr. Kalam had died while working. That is how she met her end too. She breathed her last in the studio itself,” Muzaffar said.
Many people payed tribute to Jitendra when they learned of her death. A Jammu University professor, who was her close friend, said “She was the first woman from Jammu and Kashmir to break the taboo on radio appearances in the 1950s and ruffled many feathers by wearing sleeveless dresses. She was the foremost advocate of women’s empowerment.”
Union minister Jitendra Singh tweeted, “Had a very close association with Mam Rita Jitendra for 35 years.” He continued, “Great, she died doing what she loved the most, speaking into a studio microphone!”
It seems despite the disturbing footage, Jitendra’s death was rather fitting and she’ll be missed by many.