'Voice of Victory, Love, Devotion and Joy' - Listen to AR Rahman's musical tribute to SP Balasubrahmanyam
'Voice of Victory, Love, Devotion and Joy' - Listen to AR Rahman's musical tribute to SP Balasubrahmanyam
Twitter/ screen grab/ AR Rahman

Famed playback singer and Padma awardee S.P. Balasubrahmanyam, popular as SPB or Balu in the movie world, who recorded over 40,000 songs in 16 languages over a period of five decades, died on Friday afternoon, his son S.P.Charan said.

Speaking briefly to the media outside the MGM Healthcare Hospital, Charan said Balasubrahmanyam passed away at 1.04 p.m. and thanked the hospital officials for the treatment and service.

After the news of his demise, the Indian film industry and music fraternity paid tribute to the late singer. This included famous music director AR Rahman. S.P. Balasubrahmanyam sang several songs composed by A R Rahman.

In the first post after the news, AR Rahman posted a photo with the late singer on Twitter and wrote: "devastated".

Whereas, in the second post he came up with a musical tribute for the legend. You can listen to it here:

In a statement issued on Friday 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 said, Balasubrahmanyam was on life support measures since Aug 14 for severe Covid-19 pneumonia.

On August 5, in a Facebook post, the 74-year old SPB said that he was suffering from a very mild attack of coronavirus and had got himself hospitalised to take rest.

He had said that though the doctors had advised him to stay at home and take rest, he decided to be in a hospital, as at home his family members would get concerned.

He hoped to get discharged from the hospital in two days. But it was not to be.

For a brief period he showed some improvement in his health condition and he had tested negative for coronavirus on September 4.

But on Thursday the hospital said his condition was extremely critical.

Since Thursday the indications about Balasubrahmanyam were not good.

On Thursday MGM Healthcare said the singer remains on ECMO and other life support systems.

"His condition in the last 24-hours has deteriorated further warranting maximal life support and he is extremely critical. The team of experts at MGM Healthcare are closely monitoring his health condition," the hospital had said.

Since Friday morning a large number of police personnel were deployed outside the hospital.

The singer's family members were all present at the hospital.

(With inputs from agencies)

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