Legendary playback singer SP Balasubrahmanyam died at a private hospital in Chennai on Friday. He was 74 and he had contracted the coronavirus. The veteran passed away at 1:04 pm on Friday.
After being admitted to the hospital in August, his health had improved before deteriorating recently again. According to media reports, the doctors had announced on Thursday that the singer's condition was "extremely critical" and he was kept under maximal life support.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Home Minister Amit Shah shared their condolences via social media. "He will forever remain in our memories through his melodious voice & unparalleled music compositions," Shah wrote.
Telugu actor Mahesh Babu extended his condolences to the singer's family and wrote, "Nothing will ever come close to that soulful voice of his".
Dhanush said his voice will echo in everyone's house forever and he was like a family member in every household.
Actors Sudheer Babu and director Karthik Subbaraj remembered the legendary singer and said Indian cinema will never be the same after his demise.
Singer Chinmayi Sripaada said his art will live for eons. "Thank you for showing that a singer can be a fantastic singer, act, voice act, produce, compose & more. You lived and how!," she wrote.
Popular comedian Johny Lever said it's a huge loss to not just the film fraternity but also our nation.
Tamil actress Athulya Ravi said it was "really hard to accept" that the playback legend was no more.
Indian cricketer Dinesh Karthik shared that he had visited the singer at his home once and how he was humble enough to sing a few lines of his songs.
See the tweets here
With the unfortunate demise of Shri SP Balasubrahmanyam, our cultural world is a lot poorer. A household name across India, his melodious voice and music enthralled audiences for decades. In this hour of grief, my thoughts are with his family and admirers. Om Shanti.
" Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) September 25, 2020
Deeply saddened by the passing away of legendary musician and playback singer Padma Bhushan, S. P. Balasubrahmanyam ji. He will forever remain in our memories through his melodious voice & unparalleled music compositions. My condolences are with his family & followers. Om Shanti " Amit Shah (@AmitShah) September 25, 2020
Unable to process the fact that #SPBalasubramaniam garu is no more. Nothing will ever come close to that soulful voice of his. Rest in peace sir. Your legacy will live on. Heartfelt condolences and strength to the family 🙏
" Mahesh Babu (@urstrulyMahesh) September 25, 2020
Rip SPB sir 💔💔the voice which will echo in everyone's house forever, a family member in every household. Ur voice and U will continue to live with us for generations to come. My condolences to his family and dear ones. Thank you sir for everything sir. you will be dearly missed " Dhanush (@dhanushkraja) September 25, 2020
" Sudheer Babu (@isudheerbabu) September 25, 2020
Rest In Peace the Legend SPB sir.... 🙏 " karthik subbaraj (@karthiksubbaraj) September 25, 2020
Oru Sahabdham samaptam. Thank you for the memories. Thank you for showing that a singer can be a fantastic singer, act, voice act, produce, compose & more. You lived and how! Your art will live for aeons and I'll always celebrate you. #SPB
" Chinmayi Sripaada (@Chinmayi) September 25, 2020
Very sad to hear about the demise of the legend Shri #SPBalasubramaniam Garu... It's a huge loss to not just the film fraternity but also our nation. Our prayers and condolences to the family. May his soul rest in peace...#RIPSPB 🙏🏽 pic.twitter.com/Nqu5Api6EU " Johny Lever (@iamjohnylever) September 25, 2020
#SPBalasubramaniam sir , it's really hard to accept that you are no more with us😢 Thank you for healing every single person through your music ! But you always stay in our hearts through your song 💔 #RIP legend ! My deepest condolences to the family 😢 we miss u #spb sir 😢 pic.twitter.com/3CnUjIcRK7
" Athulyaa Ravi (@AthulyaOfficial) September 25, 2020
For me personally, I remember coming to your house the one time and you politely obliged me by singing a few lines of my favourite songs. Will never ever forget that day. SPB sir ,am not gonna lie , I wanted to do that just once more,well,alas , it will remain a lifelong Contd " DK (@DineshKarthik) September 25, 2020