Bollywood: Legendary playback singer SP Balasubrahmanyam passed away on September 25 at the age of 74. The singer had been at MGM Healthcare in Chennai since August 5 after he tested positive for coronavirus.
The official statement from MGM Healthcare said that despite maximum life support, the singer died of a cardio-respiratory arrest. He had tested negative for Covid-19 on September 5.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi, in his condolences, said that ” with the unfortunate demise of SP Balasubrahmanyam, our cultural world is a lot poorer.”
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.
— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) September 25, 2020
Salman Khan said that “Heartbroken to hear about #SPBalasubrahmanyam sir… you will forever live on in your undisputed legacy of music! condolence to the family #RIP”
— Salman Khan (@BeingSalmanKhan) September 25, 2020
Akshay Kumar expressed his grief over the sad demise of veteran playback singer “Deeply saddened to hear about the demise of Balasubrahmanyam ji”
Deeply saddened to hear about the demise of Balasubrahmanyam ji.Just a few months back I’d interacted with him during a virtual concert in this lockdown..he seemed hale,hearty & his usual legendary self…life is truly unpredictable. My thoughts & prayers with his family🙏🏻#RIPSPB pic.twitter.com/NytdM7YhBL
— Akshay Kumar (@akshaykumar) September 25, 2020
Lata Mangeshkar said that “I am very distressed to hear the news of the death of talented singer, sweet-spoken, very good person Sp Balasubrahmanyam ji.”
Pratibhashaali gayak,madhurbhashi ,bahut nek insan SP Balasubrahmanyam ji ke swargwas ki khabar sunke main bahut vyathit hun.Humne kai gaane saath gaaye,kai shows kiye.Sab baatein yaad aarahi hain.Ishwar unki aatma ko shanti de.Meri samvedanaayein unke pariwar ke saath hain.
— Lata Mangeshkar (@mangeshkarlata) September 25, 2020
Music maestro AR Rahman said he is devastated with the death of SPB
— A.R.Rahman (@arrahman) September 25, 2020
Suresh Raina also took to his twitter account to express his grief over the singer’s death ” Saddened to hear the demise of such a legendary singer #SPBalasubramanyam.”
Saddened to hear the demise of such a legendary singer #SPBalasubramanyam. Your voice will be an inspiration for the generations to come. Condolences to friends & family. Om Shanti🙏 #RIPSPBalasubramanyam pic.twitter.com/weNqCthlZe
— Suresh Raina🇮🇳 (@ImRaina) September 25, 2020
South famous actress and Kamal Haasan’s daughter Shruti in a tweet thanked him “for your artistry and your kind words.”
Deeply saddened by the loss of #SPBalasubramaniam sir.. thankyou for your artistry and your kind words.may the halls of heaven be filled with your resplendent voice. You were family and the loss is heartbreaking
— shruti haasan (@shrutihaasan) September 25, 2020
The 74-year-old sang over 40,000 songs in a career spanning nearly 55 years. The news led to an outpour of tributes and condolences on social media.