NEW DELHI - India's former president Pranab Mukherjee has died of multiple organ failure, news agency AFP reports, 21 days after confirming that he had tested positive for Covid-19.

The 84-year-old was in hospital to remove a clot in his brain when he was diagnosed with the coronavirus.

Before serving as president between 2012 and 2017, Mr Mukherjee held several important portfolios during his 51-year political career.

His son Abhijit confirmed the the news in a tweet.

Mr Mukherjee was one of India's best-known politicians, and a veteran of the opposition Congress party.

Read more about his career here.(FA)