Veteran journalist and Newsday Crime Editor, Nalinee Seelal has passed away. Let’s see How did Nalinee Seelal die and Nalinee Seelal cause of death in detail.
How did Nalinee Seelal die?
Nalinee Seelal, a veteran journalist and former Newsday crime editor who gained fame as a crime reporter have passed away on January 9, 2023. She was 53 years old.
Around one in the morning on Monday, Seelal’s husband Sydney Beepath informed reporters that she had passed away. She had been ill for a while and underwent dialysis.
When contacted by Newsday on Monday, Beepath said he remembers his wife as a committed journalist who took her job and obligations very seriously.
“Nalinee was one of a kind, she was really one of a kind.
“She was fiercely independent, she was true to her profession. In all things, her work came first as well as the company she represented which was Newsday.”
Former Executive Producer of CNC3 Television shared about the death of Nalinee Seelal and expressed his sympathy.
Nalinee Seelal cause of death
Nalinee Seelal cause of death has left the community inconsolable.
She was a dialysis patient.
Since she was ill, Nalinee has only received care from her husband, a former cameraman at IE TV.
Nalinee had been dealing with several challenging medical conditions.
Seelal’s husband Sydney Beepath told Guardian Media that he got out of bed around 4:30 this morning (Monday, January 9, 2023) to go to the bathroom as usual. He claimed that when he went to check on Nalinee as usual, he found she was lost her vital signs.
He made calls to the police and the medical services.
When they came, emergency medical personnel verified that she had passed away.
Veteran journalist and Newsday Crime Editor, Nalinee Seelal, has died.
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— CNC3TV (@CNC3TV) January 9, 2023
Her remains were taken to the Cunupia funeral home Boodoo’s.
Funeral plans’ details have not yet been finalized.
Who was Nalinee Seelal?
Seelal began working for Newsday in 1994, and in 1998, he took home the Royal Bank Media Awards’ Journalist of the Year honor.
She was one of the first reporters in T&T with a cellphone (probably the 1st), the big and bulky first-time Motorola ones with the pull-up antenna.
Twenty-four years ago She received a telephone call from Newsday’s editor-in-chief at the time, Therese Mills, who convinced her to join the country’s third daily newspaper in the position of a senior crime reporter.
At the time she was assigned as producer of the AVM evening news. After being told that she should take on a new challenge in the newspaper industry, she thought about it and then accepted the position – which altered her entire life. The day she joined Newsday she was supposed to focus on crime stories but managed to get the lead story the following day, a political story.
The headline was “Guess Who Came to Dinner,” and it was a story about UNC leader Basdeo Panday having secret talks with former PNM Minister Ralph Maraj.
The late Editor in Chief was pleased with the story, but he refocused on getting exclusive crime stories. Back then the paper did quite well because of excellent coverage of human-interest stories, crime, and also general reporting.
When she joined Newsday, she worked in an old building at Chacon Street with threadbare carpet and limited resources, and even a small salary, but what made it fun was the support of Mrs. Mills, who took an interest in her staff, praising them when they did good work, reprimanding reporters and others when she needed to.
As Crime Editor
Twelve years ago she was promoted to crime editor, but that did not stop her from being a reporter and concentrating on breaking exclusive stories for the paper.
In the early years at Newsday they focused mainly on getting the paper out, and regrettably there were few training sessions for journalists, including herself.
One of the few remaining interviews with drug lord Nankissoon Boodram, also known by his stage name Dole Chadee, that is still available on YouTube, was one of her most well-known pieces.
Tributes to Nalinee Seelal
Many people expressed their profound sympathies to her family and expressed how much they loved her.
This year continues to take…
Nalinee Seelal was one of, if not the best crime reporter this country has seen.
Controversial to some, in the way she tackled her stories,
But when I knew her, always fearless, accurate, and always someone I could have relied on.
— Alexander Bruzual (@NateGreyy) January 9, 2023
Peter Christopher tweeted,
“RIP Nalinee Seelal One of the very best crime reporters to grace T&T”
“Deepest condolences to the family of veteran crime journalist Nalinee Seelal”
Ken Chee Hing wrote,
“Former Newsday crime editor NALINEE SEELAL has passed. May she RIP.”
Glenda Timothy wrote,
“Today we mourn the passing of Journalist/Crime Editor Nalinee Seelal. Nalinee was a boss when coming to crime and other reporting. She was hard working, and a wealth of information to her colleagues and others in the Industry. This one hit close to home as I worked as her typesetter for many many years. She was a very generous person, who did her best to help others as far as possible, not only in work related scenarios but in other avenues as long as she “knew someone” or had information to help others. She was the type of journalist who always went more than the extra mile to get a story, or help others to get info on what they were working on. You will be truly missed Nalinee. Condolences to her family, relative and the Media. Nalinee May You Rest In Peace.”
One of the worst things anyone can go through in life is losing a loved one. Any journey must have a destination at the end. The person’s time on earth has regrettably come to an end now that they have died.
We wish her eternal peace and send our thoughts and prayers to her loved ones, family, friends. May she rest in peace.
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