Lepcha was also associated with the Sikkim Democratic Front (SDF) Credit: Twitter image

Gangtok: Noted Sikkim film actor, DK Lepcha, succumbed to COVID-19 on Monday at STNM hospital. According to officials, she was undergoing treatment after testing positive for the virus. She was also a diabetic patient.

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Fondly called Mannu Tatha, one of her last releases was the Priyanka Chopra produced Nepali language film, Pahuna: The Little Visitors (2017). Lepcha, who born as Dhan Kumari Pradhan, has also appeared in several other Nepali films, stage shows, music videos, telefilms and serials.

Expressing grief about the news, ex-chief minister of Sikkim Pawan Kumar Chamling wrote on his Facebook handle, “I am deeply saddened by the tragic news of Mrs DK Lepcha succumbing to her COVID-19 battle yesterday. She was lovingly called Manu Tataa. I am sorry to note that her husband Mr. Bhanu Lepcha (Beta) is also under quarantine. My prayer for him is that his test will be negative.”

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As a political activist, Lepcha was associated with the Sikkim Democratic Front (SDF), where she was the convener of the party’s culture wing.

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