He was diagnosed with COVID-19 in August. He tested negative on September 13. Credit: Twitter image

Guwahati: India just lost a legendary musical virtuoso as singer SP Balasubrahmanyam (SPB) breathed his last on September 25 due to illness. He was 74.

During the first week of August, SPB had tested positive for COVID-19. Since it was a mild case of the virus, the singer was asked to quarantine himself at home. He, however, chose to get himself hospitalised due to concerns for his family members. But sadly, his condition deteriorated on September 23, and was thereby deemed to be in an extremely critical situation.

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The singer was admitted to MGM Healthcare in Chennai on August 5. He even posted a video on his official Facebook page where he said that at that time he had chest congestion along with cold and fever for a few days. Two weeks later after suffering a setback in his health on August 13, he was then put on the ECMO support which is a heart-lung assistance machine. For over a month the singer was on Extracorporeal Membrane Oxygenation (ECMO) and ventilator support. On September 13, he tested negative for COVID-19.

The common populace along with many members from the film fraternity had all got together to even organise mass prayers for his health all hoping for a swift recovery. Lata Mangeshkar, Rajnikanth, and many celebs had sent their wishes for the Tamil singer.

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SPB’s son, SP Charan addressed the media and said, “My dad breathed his last at 1:04 pm. Thank you, everyone, for your prayers. My dad will live long until his fans remember him.” The Tamil singer is survived by his wife Savitri and his two children — son SP Charan and daughter Pallavi. Charan will perform the last rites of his father.

A multi-talented person, the death of SPB is a loss for the entire nation. From singer to actor to music, to director, dubbing artist, and film producer in multiple languages SPB had a genius knack for all. In his career alone which spanned for five decades, he had recorded over 40,000 songs in different languages. He had been the voice behind several hits like the Kamal Haasan starrer Ek Duje Ke Liye to Salman Khan’s hit films like Maine Pyar Kia and Hum Aapke Hain Kaun.

He had also won several awards and accolades for his mellifluous voice including the Guinness World Record for recording the highest number of songs. He was bestowed with Padma Shri Award in 2001 and Padma Bhushan in 2011. He was also conferred with the National Award for Best Male Playback singer for six times and had even bagged Nandi Awards in Telegu cinema 25 times.

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