Prasanta Dora, who represented India and the big Kolkata clubs, passed away on Tuesday after being diagnosed with Hemophagocytic lymphohistiocytosis in December 2020.
Former India and Mohun Bagan goalkeeper Prasanta Dora dies aged 44 (AIFF Photo)
Former India and Mohun Bagan, East Bengal goalkeeper Prasanta Dora died aged 44 on Tuesday. The shot-stopper was diagnosed with Hemophagocytic lymphohistiocytosis (HLH) in December after he developed an unremitting fever, his elder brother Hemanta said.
HLH is severe systemic inflammatory syndrome that can cause a strong activation of the immune system, such as infection or cancer. Prasanta Dora is survived by 12-year old son Adi and wife Soumi.
“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 the Press Trust of India.
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.