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Indian singer Krishnakumar Kunnath, known as KK, dies

Update : 01 Jun 2022, 10:05

Indian singer Krishnakumar Kunnath, popularly known as KK, died on May 31, hours after he performed in a college in Kolkata.

According to reports, the singer collapsed while returning to his hotel following performing for an hour on stage at Nazrul Mancha auditorium, Kolkata, on Tuesday. The singer, 53 was reportedly taken to a private hospital, the Calcutta Medical Research Institute in south Kolkata, where he was pronounced dead. A post-mortem examination will be conducted on Wednesday to confirm the cause of his death.

Known as one of the most versatile singers in the country, KK sang across languages including Hindi, Tamil, Telugu, Kannada, Malayalam, Marathi, Bengali, Assamese and Gujarati.

KK went on to enjoy a career with hit film songs across Indian languages including 'Tadap Tadap' from Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam (1999), 'Dola Re Dola' from Devdas (2002), 'Appadi Podu' from Ghilli (2004), 'Aankhon Mein Teri' from Om Shanti Om (2007), 'Khuda Jane' from Bachna Ae Haseeno (2009), 'Piya Aaye Na' from Aashiqui 2 (2013), 'India Wale' from Happy New Year (2014) and 'Tu Jo Mila' from Bajrangi Bhaijaan (2015), among many others. Among his last film songs were in 2021's 'Bob Biswas' and ''83.'

The singer had earlier shared glimpses from his performance at Nazrul Mancha auditorium hours before the news of his death made the rounds. He mentioned he had a 'pulsating gig' at the location and expressed his love to fans and followers gathered there.

It is suspected that KK died of a heart attack and as per PTI, he fell ill after he returned to his hotel post the concert, where he performed for about an hour. He was then taken to a private hospital, where he was declared dead on arrival. A senior doctor said, "It's unfortunate that we could not treat him".

The singer is survived by his wife and two sons. Prime Minister Narendra Modi condoled KK's sudden demise. He said Krishnakumar Kunnath's songs reflected a wide range of emotions and struck a chord with people of all age groups. "We will always remember him through his songs. Condolences to his family and fans. Om Shanti," Modi tweeted. 

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