The 74-year-old singer no longer has the coronavirus – he tested negative on September 8 – but he could not be taken off the ventilator because of the condition of his lungs

Celebrated singer S P Balasubrahmanyam is on maximum life support after his condition deteriorated in the last 24 hours, Chennai’s MGM Healthcare hospital said in a medical bulletin on Thursday.

Actor Kamal Haasan, a close friend of the singer, visited the hospital on Thursday night.

SPB, as he is fondly called, has been in hospital since August 5 after testing positive for COVID-19. The 74-year-old singer no longer has the coronavirus – he tested negative on September 8 – but he could not be taken off the ventilator because of the condition of his lungs, SP Charan, son of Balasubrahmanyam said earlier this month.

Singer S P Balasubrahmanyam is on maximum life support after his condition deteriorated in the last 24 hours, Chennai’s MGM Healthcare hospital said in a medical bulletin

Charan has been sharing health updates about his father on social media and was optimistic these last few weeks. A day ago, he wrote on Instagram that Balasubrahmanyam was making “steady progress” and was undergoing physiotherapy. SPB was “eager to leave the hospital as early as possible,” Charan wrote. Read his post here:

Some weeks ago, Charan announced in a video posted on Instagram: “We were expecting dad’s lungs to improve as they were but unfortunately we are still not at that point where we could rid him of the ventilator. But the good news is that dad is COVID negative.”

Born as Sripathi Panditaradhyula Balasubrahmanyam in a Telugu family, Balasubrahmanyam has been working in the film industry for the past five decades. He has rendered more than 40,000 songs till now in 16 languages.

The singer has received the National Film Award six times so far, and also holds a Guinness World Record for recording the maximum number of songs. He is also a recipient of other civilian honours — Padmashri and Padma Bhushan — from government of India.

Besides being a singer, Balasubrahmanyam is also an actor, a producer and a voice actor.



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