Singer Krishnakumar Kunnath, aka KK, whose soulful voice revolutionized Bollywood music since the early 2000s, died of suspected cardiac arrest on late Tuesday night, hours after what was to be his last concert in front of a packed audience at Kolkata’s Nazrul Mancha. He was 53.
KK, whose discography includes several generations redefining tracks like Pal, Yaaron Dosti, Tadap tadap, and Aankhon mein Teri, left the audience spellbound to his music on stage from 7 pm to 9 pm, after which he returned to his hotel at Esplanade. He complained of chest pain moments later and then was taken to CMRI Hospital, at 10:30 pm, where he was declared dead on arrival.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi took to Twitter to express his condolences on the sudden demise. "Saddened by the untimely demise of noted singer Krishnakumar Kunnath popularly known as KK. His songs reflected a wide range of emotions as 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," he wrote.
KK, one of the most versatile singers in Bollywood, was born on August 23, 1968, and recorded songs in Hindi, Tamil, Telugu, Kannada, Malayalam, Marathi, and Bengali, among other languages.
Music director Jeet Ganguly, who worked with KK on several projects and was among the first to reach the hospital, said the singer showed no apparent sign of illness before his sudden death. “He was extremely fit, and would always ask me to take care. I can’t believe this has happened.”
Several Kolkata-based singers have expressed their grief over the sudden demise of KK, who will be remembered for songs like 'Pyaar Ke Pal', 'Yaaron', 'O Meri Jaan', among several others.
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