The Legendary playback singer SP Balasubrahmanyam who is popularly referred to as Balu and SPB, he’s enthralled many people together with his youthful voice, died at 1.04 pm on Friday while undergoing treatment for Covid-19 at a Chennai hospital. He was 74.
“In an extra setback this morning, despite maximum life support measures and therefore the best efforts of the clinical team, his condition deteriorated further, and he suffered a cardio-respiratory arrest. With profound grief, we regret to tell that he passed away…” said a release issued by hospital assistant director Dr. Anuradha Baskaran.
SPB’s son and singer SP Charan thanked everyone who prayed for his father. “I thank doctors and nurses who took care of him. he’s everyone’s property. My dad are going to be alive until you’re there,” he said.
He sang quite 40,000 songs during a career spanning nearly 55 years, had been undergoing treatment in MGM Healthcare since August 5.
He was admitted to the hospital with “mild” symptoms of Covid-19. an equivalent day, the singer posted a video on his social media page. “Last two to 3 days, I even have been having a touch discomfort. Discomfort means little chest congestion, which for a singer is nonsense,” SPB said in his video message.
S P Balasubrahmanyam’s son Charan at MGM Healthcare
He is survived by his wife Savithri, daughter Pallavi and son Charan.
Sripathi Panditaradhyula Balasubrahmanyam, who was born during a Telugu Brahmin family in the Nellore district of Andhra Pradesh on June 4, 1946, made his debut as a playback singer in 1966 with the Telugu film “Sri Maryada Ramanna.”
A versatile singer, languages were no barrier for him. He commanded a lover following across 16 languages, especially altogether four southern languages besides Hindi, where he made a mark for himself within the 1980s and 1990s – starting with the songs in “Ek Duje Ke Liye” which also marked the beginning of his tryst with the national award for playback singing. Famous Tamil Singer SP Balasubrahmanyam & 40,000 songs record.
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