Former Union Minister and veteran Congress leader Matang Sinh passed away on Thursday morning due to COVID-19 complications. He was 58 years old.

Matang Sinh breathed his last at a hospital in Delhi. Sinh had tested positive for COVID-19 on April 22.

He was elected to Rajya Sabha from Assam in 1992 and served as Union Minister of State in parliamentary affairs from 1994 to 1998.

Sinh, who was well known in Assam as a TV tycoon, was also the founder of the region’s first satellite news channel – Northeast Television (NE TV).