By SM .25 Sep, 2020
CHENNAI: Legendary singer SP Balasubrahmanyam, fondly known as SPB, is no more. He was 74 years old.
Yesterday, Chennai"s MGM Healthcare facility had said in a medical bulletin that the singer was in an "extremely critical" condition and put on maximal life support.
SPB had been in the hospital since August 5 after testing positive for coronavirus.
SPB was last month admitted to the hospital with mild symptoms of COVID-19.
On August 13, he was moved to the intensive care unit (ICU) as his oxygen saturation level had dipped. He had been connected to life support since then.
Later, when his condition seemed to be improving, SPB underwent plasma therapy.
He remained on the ventilator and ECMO support.
SPB is survived by wife Savitri and his two children - daughter Pallavi and son SP Charan. His last rites will be performed by his son, Charan.
He had tested negative for COVID-19 earlier this month
SPB"s son, actor SP Charan had been sharing regular updates about his father"s health on social media.
In a recent post, he had said the legendary singer was showing "steady progress," and was "eager to leave the hospital as early as possible."
Notably, SPB had tested negative for COVID-19 on September 8, but remained on ventilator because of the condition of his lungs.
SPB"s body of work comprised over 40,000 songs
SPB"s celebrated body of work comprised more than 40,000 songs in as many as 16 languages.
A winner of six National Awards, the singer had collaborated with the likes of Ilaiyaraaja and Oscar Award-winning composer AR Rahman.
Besides being a singer, SPB was also an actor, producer and a voice actor.
He had also received the Padma Shri as well as the Padma Bhushan.
SPB acted in around 70 movies
Born on June 4, 1946, SPB did not have formal training in any kind of music.
He started his playback singing career in 1966 and sang in Telugu and Kannada before venturing into the Tamil industry.
He also acted in various supporting roles and guest appearances in nearly 70 movies in Tamil, Telugu and Kannada languages.