In yet another devastating news, popular Hindi actress and comedian Mallika Dua's mother, Dr. Padmavati Dua, called lovingly by fans as Chinna Dua, passed away after a long battle with COVID-19 on Friday night. She was 61. The tragic news was revealed by Mallika on her Instagram story where she wrote, "She left us last night. My whole heart. My whole life. the only God I know. My Amma I’m sorry I couldn’t save you. you fought so hard my mama. My precious. My heart. You’re my whole life. It’s not about my loss and grief. It’s about a life cut short. I always knew I didn’t deserve her. But she deserved to live. I don’t know if I will ever be able to pray again." 

Fans and leading personalities have been offering their condolences at the news of Padmavati Dua's passing, who was also a radiologist and wife of journalist Vinod Dua. Actor-politician Bina Kak shared a picture of Chinna and wrote on Instagram, "You suffered a lot dear Chinna ..Now RIP Much love." Likewise, journalist Rajdeep Sardesai also tweeted about her death and wrote, "The fiesty, gregarious, Dr Padmavati ‘Chinna’ Dua, wife of veteran journalist Vinod Dua passed away of Covid 19 after battling it for weeks. Prayers with the family.. words are just not enough in these heartbreaking times."


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Chinna had informed on social media on May 15 that she had been diagnosed with COVID-19. She wrote, "Hi all. Day before on 13th May, I started having difficulty in breathing. My doc by listening to my voice said that i was going into cytokine storm & need monitoring. We were admitted to St Stephen's hospital on 13.5.21 but my condition progressed, requiring ICU but bed wasn't available there. Last night we got admitted to Medanta. Vinod is in the room on 5 Litre intermittent oxygen. I am on 15 Litre & breathless. It will take some time to recover. Need all good wishes, blessings & prayers of all. God bless you all always. Stay safe, stay home, stay healthy."

A week later, she provided another health update and wrote, "Good day . Hope you all are fine. At this stage we would all love miracles. However, one has to be practical & take one day at a time. Shraddha & saburi i.e faith & patience is the only way to tide over . So stability & status quo are to be thankful for which is how it is right now. There are samples taken in the middle of the night. Sleep is disturbed for medicines, sponging , meals & what nots leaving one exhausted at times. Hence the update gets delayed. By the grace of God, countless prayers, good wishes & blessings from family & friends like you all, Inshallah we hope to attain full recovery asap. Please continue with your prayers. God bless us all always. Loads of love to all."

The news of Chinna Dua's death has come as a big blow for fans as she was known for her love for sarees and posted pictures in the latest trending outfits, while also appearing in Mallika's videos and posts on social media.