Assam Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi condoled the death of prominent industrialist and tea planter Hemendra Prasad Barooah, who died in Bangkok on Wednesday.
Gogoi said Barooah's death was an irreparable loss to the country's tea industry and requested the Indian Ambassador to Thailand Anil Wadhwa to help the bereaved family members who would reach Bangkok for performing the last rites, which is likely to held on Sunday.
Barooah had wished to be cremated at the place where he would die.
Barooah, a Padma Shri awardee, had gone to Bangkok for a medical check up recently and died at his hotel room on Thursday evening.
He was 87 and is survived by two daughters who are settled abroad.
Barooah, also a former Chairman of Indian Tea Association and Bengal Chamber of Commerce, had set up the corprate house of Barooah and Associates with its headquarters in Kolkata.
An MBA from Harvard in 1950, his company owns nine tea gardens with an average production of 57 lakh kg of tea and. It also owns Assam Tea Brokers Private Limited, B&A Multiwall Packaging, Heritage North East Pvt Ltd and Kaziranga Golf Club Limited.
A close friend of Assam's cultural icon late Bhupen Hazarika, he was also the producer of the film 'Ek Pal' directed by noted filmmaker Kalpana Lajmi.