Singer-composer Bappi Lahiri, who popularised disco music in Indian cinema in the 80s and 90s, has died following multiple health issues, a doctor treating him said on Wednesday. He was 69.
Lahiri died on Tuesday night at the CritiCare Hospital in Juhu in Mumbai, reports Indian news agency PTI.
President M Abdul Hamid expressed deep shock and sorrow at the death of eminent music composer and Indian singer Bappi Lahiri.
In a condolence message, the president termed the death of this eminent music personality as an irreparable loss to the music arena of the subcontinent.
The head of the state prayed for salvation of the departed soul and conveyed profound sympathy to the bereaved family.
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina expressed profound shock and sorrow at the death of eminent music composer and singer of India Bappi Lahiri.
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In a message of condolence, she prayed for salvation of the departed soul and conveyed deep sympathy to the bereaved family.
India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi led the tributes expressed by many, saying Lahiri's lively nature will be missed by everyone.
"Shri Bappi Lahiri Ji's music was all encompassing, beautifully expressing diverse emotions. People across generations could relate to his works. His lively nature will be missed by everyone. Saddened by his demise. Condolences to his family and admirers. Om Shanti," Modi tweeted with a picture.
With the death of Bappi Lahiri, India had lost three legendary singers during the last couple of days. The country had lost the iconic singers Lata Mangeshkar on February 6 and Sandhya Mukhopadhay on February 15 respectively.
Lahiri had been admitted to the hospital for a month and was discharged on Monday. But his health deteriorated on Tuesday and his family called for a doctor to visit their home.
Later, he was brought to the hospital. He had multiple health issues.
“He died due to OSA (obstructive sleep apnea) shortly before midnight," Dr Deepak Namjoshi, director of the hospital, told PTI.
The singer is survived by his wife Chitrani, two children -- daughter Reema, who is also a singer, and music composer Bappa Lahiri.
Not just Hindi films, Lahiri was a popular name in the Bengali cinema too where he began his career with 1972 film "Daadu". His first Hindi film as a composer was "Nanha Shikari" in 1973.