After over a month-long battle at the Intensive Care Unit of MGM Healthcare here, legendary singer SP Balasubrahmanyam passed away on Friday.
The late musician’s son SP Charan told the reporters that his 74-year-old father breathed his last at 1:04 pm today.
The singer had been at MGM Healthcare in Chennai since August 5 and died of a cardio-respiratory arrest.
Charan also extended gratitude to those who had been praying for the recovery of the musician.
The Padma Shri award-winning musician is survived by his wife Savitri Balasubrahmanyam and his children SP Charan and Pallavi Balasubrahmanyam.
— A.R.Rahman (@arrahman) September 25, 2020
On August 5, the musician confirmed testing positive for COVID-19 with ‘mild’ symptoms through a video message posted on his official Facebook page. He had tested negative for Covid-19 on September 5.
In the video, the singer detailed about having a little “discomfort” for two days, stating he had chest congestion along with cold and on-off fever, which led him to get tested for the virus.
Scores of celebrities and fans of the vocalist have been praying for his swift recovery since he was admitted to the hospital in August. As news of his death broke, music maestro AR Rahman, singer Lata Mangeshkar mourned his loss.
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
Famous for his youthful voice, music legend SP Balasubrahmanyam sung more than 41,000 songs in 17 languages, leaving an everlasting legacy for future artists to follow.