Legendary playback singer SP Balasubrahmanyam, popularly known as Balu and SPB, who enthralled millions of people with his youthful voice, died at 1.04pm on Friday while undergoing treatment for Covid-19 at a Chennai hospital. He was 74.
“In a further setback this morning, despite maximum life support measures and the best efforts of the clinical team, his condition deteriorated further, and he suffered a cardio-respiratory arrest. With profound grief, we regret to inform that he passed away…” said a release issued by MGM Healthcare assistant director Dr Anuradha Baskaran.
SPB’s son and singer S P B Charan thanked everyone who prayed for his father. “I thank doctors and nurses who took care of him. He is everyone’s property. My dad will be alive until you are there,” he said.
The body was brought to the singer’s home at Kodambakkam around 4pm. The last rites will take place at his farmhouse in Tamaraipakkam in Tiruvallur district at 11am on Saturday.
SPB was admitted to hospital with “mild” symptoms of Covid-19. The same day, the singer posted a video on his social media page. “Last two to three days, I have been having a little discomfort. Discomfort means little chest congestion, which for a singer is nonsense,” SPB said in his video message.