The sudden death of well-known Bollywood singer and composer KK (Krishnakumar Kunnath) has sent shockwaves through the showbiz industry and left his fans in disbelief. He was 53. Hours before his death KK was performing at a concert at Nazrul Mancha organised by Vivekananda College where he sang for almost an hour.
Following the concert, KK moved to a hotel, and he started to feel uneasy. KK died of a suspected heart attack. "He was feeling heavy after reaching his hotel, and soon collapsed," an official said.
KK was brought to a private CMRI hospital in Alipore around 10 pm, but before his treatment would have started, the singer was already dead. Doctors at the hospital said they suspected "cardiac arrest" to be the cause of the death.
Fans say that KK repeatedly asked for the AC to be switched on but his pleas fell on deaf ears. Meanwhile, an eyewitness has claimed that the AC was not functioning in the crowded auditorium where KK gave his last performance on Tuesday. In his social media post, the eyewitness wrote, "There was a lot of crowd in the closed auditorium. KK was suffering from sweat due to the non-working of the AC."
The Nazrul Manch where KK's program was held had a capacity of 2700 people, but more than 7,000 people entered the auditorium. Firhad Hakim, Mayor of Kolkata, also admitted that there were more people than the capacity. He said that fire extinguishing foam was used to control the crowd.
Heart attack happens when the blood supply to the heart is blocked mostly due to a blood clot. The blockage stops the flow of the blood to the heart. The blockage can happen due to buildup of fat, cholesterol and other substances in the coronary arteries.
High humidity is also associated with heart attacks. Due to high humidity, sodium and potassium are released from the body with sweat. Sometimes lack of potassium has a direct effect on the heart and can stop the heart's rhythm and also result in death.
Suffocation in a crowded place can also lead to decrease in heart rate, resulting in death. Suffocation means a person is unable to breathe or has difficulty in breathing. This happens mostly due to lack of oxygen in the air, affecting a person's brain functions. As a person is not able to inhale oxygen properly, there is no oxygen supply to the brain.
Uneasiness is one of the most common signs of heart attack which easily gets ignored. People often misunderstand it to be some other minor health issue.
During a heart attack, a person will feel uneasiness or pain in the shoulder, arm, back, neck, jaw, and teeth. Sometimes this pain is seen in the upper belly too.
Other signs of heart attack are chest pain like pressure, squeezing and tightness, cold sweat, fatigue, indigestion, dizziness, nausea and shortness of breath.