Once in extremely critical condition, has now departed the world. Singer, SP Balasubrahmanyam, who was on life support, with his health deteriorating as time went, has passed away at the age of 74. He died due to COVID-19 complications.
The singer’s son, SP Charan talked to reporters outside, the MGM Healthcare, Chennai, and said, “SPB belongs to everyone. He will live on in his songs. My dad passed away at 1.04 pm.”
In August, he had tested positive for coronavirus. After getting admitted to MGM Healthcare, he was initially fine but was shifted to an Intensive Care Unit (ICU) after his condition worsened.
The singer’s health constantly fluctuated, becoming stable once. However, he was kept on a ventilator, and ECMO till the time he passed away.
In a career that spanned 5 decades, the singer became a legend, who received loved and adulation from all. He made a Guinness World Record after singing over 40,000 songs.
The singer sang in 16 languages, which includes Tamil, Telugu Kannada, Malayalam, and Hindi, and for his virtuous singing talent, he fetched 6 National Film Awards, Best Playback Singer Male. While he also received 25 Nandi Awards.
Even The Government of India bestowed him with the Padma Shri (2001) and Padma Bhushan(2011) awarding him for his excellent contribution towards music and his work as an artist of the highest stature.
Lovingly called as SPB from everyone in the industry to fans, he also showcased his talents as an actor. Some of the films, which saw him acting were Keladi Kanmani (1990), Thiruda Thiruda (1993), Kadhalan (1994), and, Ullaasam (1996).
His iconic voice was part of several iconic Bollywood and Tollywood films. The iconic films, for which he sang were, Maine Pyar Kiya, Saajan, Roja, and Hum Aapke Hain Koun! among others.
There was a charm in his voice, which few had. While he remains a legend, the film industry will miss him forever. May he rest in peace.