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The last tribute. Photo courtesy: Sanjay Purkait

Former India and Bengal skipper Sourav Ganguly paid his final respect to the late Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) chief Jagmohan Dalmiya, who passed away last night at the age of 75. He was suffering from heart condition and was being treated at a private hospital in Kolkata. “The greatest sports administrator of India has passed away, an era ends,” Anurag Thakur, secretary of BCCI tweeted on Sunday. Dalmiya was also the former head of International Cricket Council (ICC), and is credited for overseeing India’s emergence as the game’s powerhouse during previous stints at the helm of BCCI. Jagmohan Dalmiya: Indian cricket’s first Godfather

He returned as the head of BCCI President in March but was affected by health problems and he was taken into intensive care at Kolkata’s BM Birla Heart Research Centre on Thursday night after suffering severe chest pains. Dalmiya was unceremoniously dumped by the board in 2004 over allegations of financial irregularities but his comeback earlier this year came after his predecessor N Srinivasan was forced out by a corruption scandal. Ganguly – Dalmiya saga: A timeline

Dalmiya, who also held the position of the CAB President, was reported to be faring quite poorly in terms of his health. He was reported to be suffering from Alzheimer’s disease that he had contracted recently and due to which he suffered frequent bouts of memory loss. He hardly turned up for work since being elected to the post of BCCI president. Dalmiya was said to have arrived 40 minutes late in his last committee meeting, in which he reportedly mumbled a few sentences, before adjourning the meeting due to the presence of Srinivasan given the conflict of interest issue.