Veteran journalist N. N. Sathyavrathan, died at a hospital here this morning following kidney failure, family sources said.

He was 76 and leaves three daughters. His wife had predeceased him two years ago.

Mr. Sathyavrathan, who began his journalistic career with ’Deenabhandu’ later joined ‘Mathrubhumi’ in 1958 and was associated with the newspaper for 30 years. He retired in 1988 as New Editor Coordination and then joined ‘Kerala Kaumadi’ as Resident Editor.

Mr. Sathyavrathan was appointed Director of the Institute of Communication of the Kerala Press Academy in 1993.

He has also penned a few books.

Ernakulam Press club at an emergency executive meeting condoled his death.

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