Former East Bengal midfielder Kalia Kulothungan has died after a bike accident at the age of 40 in his hometown of Thanjavur.
The prolific midfielder was an integral part of the East Bengal team which won the ASEAN Cup in 2003 and also bagged back-to-back I-League titles in 2002-03 and 2003-04 under the tutelage of Subhash Bhowmick.
He is one of a handful of players who had donned the jersey of all the three Kolkata giants during his playing career including Mohun Bagan and Mohammedan Sporting.
He was also the skipper of Tamil Nadu and had led his side in the Santosh Trophy National Football Championship.
In the twilight of his playing career, Kulothungan returned to the Kolkata Maidan to join Bhawanipore FC in 2012 which is currently being managed by veteran tactician Subrata Bhattacharya.