Legendary Indian singer SP Balasubrahmanyam has died in Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India after suffering a cardiorespiratory arrest, a statement released by the hospital that was treating him said.
Balasubrahmanyam died on Friday after spending days in intensive care following a Covid-19 diagnosis.
Tributes have been pouring in on social media from celebrities and fans alike.
His son SP Charan has regularly been sharing health updates on social media. He last said that the singer had tested negative for the virus and was eager to return home.
Widely regarded as one of India’s finest playback singers, Balasubrahmanyam has been awarded a bevy of accolades and awards throughout his music career.
Having sung over 40,000 songs in various Indian languages, SPB created a Guinness World Record for recording the highest number of songs, as reported by IANS. He has been conferred with the National Film Award for Best Male Playback Singer six times; he is a recipient of the coveted Padma Shri (2001) and Padma Bhushan (2011) from the Government of India. Besides this, he also won numerous Filmfare and state awards over the years.