CHENNAI (Tamil Nadu): Legendary playback singer SP Balasubrahmanyam passed away this afternoon in Chennai. He was 74. His son SP Charan confirmed his demise to the reporters this afternoon.
The renowned artist SP Balasubrahmanyam was admitted into a corporate hospital in the city on the 5th of this month for Covid-19. The viral load dissipated, only after leaving his vital organs severely affected. It led him to be put on a ventilator and ECMO support. He breathed his last at 1.04 pm.
His condition in the last 24 hours had deteriorated further warranting maximal life support. A team of experts was closely monitoring his health.
On September 7, his son Charan had announced that SPB had tested negative for the novel coronavirus.
The veteran singer got himself admitted to hospital on August 5 after he developed symptoms of Covid-19.
Having rendered over 40,000 songs across 16 languages, SPB, as he was fondly called, touched many lives with his iconic voice. His humility and kindness were an inspiration to us all.
Balasubrahmanyam made his singing debut in 1966 with Telugu movie Sri Sri Sri Maryada Ramanna. He has sung over 40,000 songs in as many as 16 languages including Telugu, Tamil, Malayalam, Kannada, and Hindi.
Balasubrahmanyam was also a voice-over artist. He was the voice-over artist for actor Kamal Hassan, whenever the latter’s Tamil movies were dubbed in Telugu. Balasubrahmanyam also acted in a few movies.
He is survived by his wife, a son and a daughter — both are playback singers.
Balasubrahmanyam sang thousands of songs in South Indian languages and in Hindi for five decades for generations of actors — from MGR, Sivaji Ganesan and Gemini Ganesan, down to the stars of the present — and is the winner of six national awards. He also had won the hearts of several fans across the world for whom his songs have marked milestones.
Home Minister Amit Shah condoled the passing away of legendary musician and playback singer S P Balasubrahmanyam. HM Shah said that he will forever remain in memory through his melodious voice and unparalleled music compositions.
Union Information and Broadcasting Minister Prakash Javadekar expressed grief at the demise of noted singer Padmabhushan S P Balasubrahmanyam. He said that the country today lost a melodious vocalist. Praying for peace to the departed soul, Javadekar expressed condolences to the family, friends and crores of people who loved the singer.
Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao has expressed shock and grief over the demise of eminent singer and film actor, S P Balasubrahmanyam. In a statement, the Chief Minister said that the demise of SPB is an irreparable loss for the film fraternity. He felt it was unfortunate that the best of the best efforts by doctors could not save him.
Andhra Pradesh Governor Sri Biswabhusan Harichandan also expressed profound grief and sadness at the demise of S.P. Balasubrahmanyam.