One of Karachi’s most prominent columnists, Ardeshir Cowasjee passed away on Saturday.

Cowasjee was suffering from chest illness and had been admitted in a Karachi hospital’s Intensive Care Unit for the past 12 days.

Born on April 13, 1926 to Rustom Faqir Cowasjee and Mucca Rustomjee, Ardeshir Cowasjee was the scion of a wealthy Parsi family.

He completed his schooling at Bai Virbaijee Soparivala (BVS) Parsi School and later pursued further education at DJ Science College.

After World War II he joined his family business – primarily merchant shipping among other interests.

Cowasjee had documented the country’s history for generations to come through his outspoken columns in daily Dawn newspaper from 1988 to 2011.

In addition to his columns, Cowasjee was also known as a social activist, philanthropist, and a businessman.

He is survived by two children, his son Rustom and daughter Ava.