Noted playback singer SP Balasubrahmanyam on Friday succumbed to COVID-19 at a Chennai hospital. He was 74.
SP Balasubrahmanyam was availing treatment at MGM Health Care Hospital since August 5 when he tested positive for COVID-19.
Unfortunately, after showing signs of recovery over the last few weeks, his health deteriorated and he breathed his last at around 1.04 pm.
A medical bulletin from the hospital said “he was on extreme life support” on Thursday. SPB, as he was fondly called, is survived by his wife, a son and a daughter.
What did the hospital say?
Following the demise of the national award-winning singer, the hospital issued a statement.
In the statement, the hospital said: “In a further setback this morning, despite maximal life support measures and the best efforts of the clinical team, his condition deteriorated further and he suffered a cardio-respiratory arrest. With profound grief, we regret to inform that he has passed away on September 25. at 13:04 Hours.”
The hospital added: “We express our heartfelt condolences to his family, friends, well-wishers and admirers at their loss during this time of anguish and sorrow.”
Condolences pour in
As the news of the demise of the legendary singer SP Balasubrahmanyam spread, condolences started pouring in on social media websites.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi said: “With the unfortunate demise of Shri SP Balasubrahmanyam, our cultural world is a lot poorer. A household name across India, his melodious voice and music enthralled audiences for decades. In this hour of grief, my thoughts are with his family and admirers. Om Shanti.”
Union finance minister Nirmala Sitharaman said: “Shri.#SPBalasubrahmanyam is no more. He recognised @AkashvaniAIR as his first guru as he taught himself music by listening to great singers on the radio. His devotional renderings were as popular as his film songs. Donated his ancestral home for a Vedic school. Condolences.”
Actor Salman Khan said: “Heartbroken to hear about #SPBalasubrahmanyam sir… you will forever live on in your undisputed legacy of music! condolence to the family #RIP.”
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Vice President of India M Venkaiah Naidu said: “Shocked at the tragic demise of the legendary musician Shri SP Balasubrahmanyam. He leaves a void in the world of music that is virtually impossible to fill. #SPBalasubrahmanyam.”
India cricketer Washington Sundar said: “Devastated to hear the passing away of #SPBalasubrahmanyam Sir.Your voice and songs will continue to live with us for generations to come. We will deeply miss you.”
Singer Shreya Ghoshal said: “Rest in peace #SPB garu. Very sad to hear this devastating news of the greatest, the legendary #SPBalasubrahmanyam passing away. We were so hopeful that he was on the path to recovery.”
Union minister Nitin Gadkari said: “Shocked at the untimely demise of the legendary playback singer S.P. Balasubrahmanyam ji. His absence will create a void in the music industry which won’t be filled. Heartfelt condolences. #SPBalasubrahmanyam.”
Congress leader Rahul Gandhi said: “My heartfelt condolences to the bereaved family and friends of Mr S. P. Balasubrahmanyam. His songs touched millions of hearts in many languages. His voice will live on.”
SP Balasubrahmanyam: A singer par excellence
A legend, Balasubrahmanyam gave his voice to thousands of songs spanning across languages and genres. Winner of six National awards, he sang from actors ranging from MGR, Sivaji Ganesan, Rajinikanth, Kamal Haasan and Salman Khan.
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