Former India goalkeeper Prasanta Dora, who made a name for himself while playing for big three clubs of Kolkata Maidan, died on Tuesday. He was 44 and is survived by 12-year old son Adi and wife Soumi.
According to his elder brother Hemanta, who also played as a goalkeeper for India and Mohun Bagan, Prasanta was diagnosed with Hemophagocytic lymphohistiocytosis (HLH) in December after he developed unremitting fever.
HLH is severe systemic inflammatory syndrome that can cause a strong activation of the immune system, such as infection or cancer.
"His platelet count reduced drastically and doctors took a long time to diagnose the disease. He was later treated at the Tata Medical (a cancer care centre in the New Town). We were giving him blood regularly but he could not survive and died at 1.40pm today," the elder brother told PTI.
We are deeply saddened by the untimely demise of former Mohun Bagan and Indian National team goalkeeper Prasanta Dora. He was part of Mohun Bagan in 2001 and then from 2003 to 05. His heroics under the bar helped #Mariners to win the 2003 IFA ShieldRest in Peace Prasanta Dora. pic.twitter.com/K4C5sdnuzB— Mohun Bagan (@Mohun_Bagan) January 26, 2021
We mourn the untimely demise of former Indian goalkeeper Prasanta Dora. He was one of the few players to have played for the 3 Kolkata giants (East Bengal, Mohun Bagan and Mohammedan). Picture Courtesy: JCT Football#ChhilamAchiThakbo pic.twitter.com/YPUYrQRUQz— SC East Bengal (@sc_eastbengal) January 26, 2021
He was among some of the famous pairs of brothers who played for India with the list including the legendary Pradip Kumar and Prasun Banerjee, Climax and Covan Lawrence, and Mohammed and Shafi Rafi among others.
Having made debut in the group IX Olympic qualifier home match against Thailand in 1999, Prasanta went on to represent India at the SAFF Cup, SAF Games later and made five appearances. Prasanta was also adjudged Best Goalkeeper in Bengal's successive Santosh Trophy triumphs in 1997-98 and 99.
At club-level, Prasanta started his career at the Tollygunge Agragami before moving to Calcutta Port Trust, Mohammedan Sporting, Mohun Bagan and East Bengal.