Veteran singer SP Balasubrahmanyam succumbs to covid-19

Brenda Watkins
September 26, 2020

Meanwhile, A health bulletin from MGM Healthcare stated that SPB's "condition in the last 24 hours had deteriorated further warranting maximal life support".

Balasubrahmanyam was first admitted to hospital in Chennai (formerly Madras) in early August when he tested positive for Covid-19.

SP Balasubrahmanyam was admitted to MGM Hospital on August 5 and battled the COVID-19 virus.

SPB, as he was popularly known, began his career in Tamil and Telugu cinema in southern India - and became the first crossover singer who gained success in Bollywood.

After initial improvements, his condition deteriorated and he was put on ventilator and ECMO support.

Chennai: Popular playback singer S.P. Balasubrahmanyam died on Friday. Also, the team actively collaborated with worldwide experts from reputed centres in the U.S. and the United Kingdom that saw a slew of COVID-19 patients requiring ECMO support.

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Balasubrahmanyam was also a voice-over artist.

As news of his death broke, social media was flooded with condolences and memories as people recollected some of their favourite songs sung by him. In the throwback, Mr Balasubrahmanyam can be seen surrounded by singers from the south music industry, such as Haricharan, Srinivas, Vijay Prakash and Karthik.

The music legend also holds a record for singing 21 songs in 12 hours for Kannada composer Upendra Kumar.

Over the next several decades, he would record over 40,000 songs in 16 Indian languages.

Earlier, actor turned politician Kamal Haasan visited SPB at MGM hospital in Chennai upon receiving news of him being critical.

He received numerous honours, including the Padma Bhushan, India's third highest civilian award, in 2011. However, he made progress and recently his son SP Charan said his father was doing better and was undergoing physiotherapy.

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