• Kushal Kumar Jha

Veteran singer SP Balasubrahmanyam passes away at 74 following COVID-19 complications

Veteran singer SP Balasubrahmanyam passes away on Friday. He was 74 years old at the time of his death. He passed away at 1:04 PM in a Chennai hospital. After showing some improvements, his health deteriorated recently. The Veteran singer had tested positive for COVID-19 and was admitted to the MGM Healthcare on August 5, where he remained on a ventilator since then. “SPB belongs to everyone. He will live on in his songs. My dad passed away at 1.04 pm,” SPB’s son SP Charan told the media at MGM Healthcare in Chennai.

GOI awarded SPB with Padma Shri in 2001 & Padma Bhushan in 2011

Fans from all around the world had been praying for the recovery of the legendary singer. The hospital authorities had issued a statement that the health of the veteran singer had deteriorated in the last 24 hours, calling it "extremely critical".

"Thiru SP Balasubrahmanyam remains on ECMO and other life support measures. 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 is closely monitoring his health condition," the official statement read.

Born on June 4, 1946, the veteran singer had worked as the Indian musician, singer, music director, actor, and film producer in Telugu, Tamil, Kannada, Hindi, and Malayalam film industries. SP Balasubrahmanyam also holds the Guinness World Record for recording the highest number of songs by a singer. He has recorded over 40,000 songs in 16 Indian languages throughout his career.

The government of India had awarded SP Balasubrahmanyam with Padma Shri in 2001. He is also a recipient of Padma Bhushan in 2011. The void that his demise has created in the Indian music industry will be hard to fill. In his career, SPB won six National Film Awards for Best Male Playback Singer and 25 Nandi Awards. His work will remain immortal, just like his soul.

Om Shanti.

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