Legendary singer SP Balasubrahmanyam passed away at a hospital in Chennai today. After battling COVID-19 for 2 months, the 74-year-old singer, popularly known as SPB, tested negative for the deadly virus on September 13, but his condition deteriorated over the past days. The entire film industry is mourning the loss of the iconic singer.
Reacting to the news of his demise, Shekhar said, “An irreparable loss for us all. His humility, generosity of spirit and heart of gold has touched all our lives deeply. Have always felt blessed that I had the opportunity to record him and witness his magic. Always inspiring us all with his contagious smile and unbeatable energy. Had so much more to learn from you Sir. ”
Vishal-Shekhar had collaborated with the late veteran singer for Shah Rukh Khan and Deepika Padukone starrer ‘Chennai Express’. SPB had sung the title track of the film. Directed by Rohit Shetty, the film was a huge hit at the box office.
On September 24, the hospital issued a statement that his condition had deteriorated further. The statement read, “His condition in the last 24 hours has deteriorated further warranting maximal life support and he is extremely critical.”
The veteran singer recorded over 40,000 songs in 16 Indian languages and holds the Guinness World Record for recording the highest number of songs by a singer.