Chennai: Singer SP Balasubrahmanyam passed away at 1:04 pm today, announces his son SP Charan. He was 74.
The popular singer, admitted to MGM hospital in Chennai on August 5 after he tested positive for coronavirus, was put on the ECMO support, a heart-lung assistance machine.
As people responded to the call for the mass prayer in a big way, young men and children, holding candles lined up on the outer periphery of MGM Healthcare and offered prayers.
Similarly, fans of the singer, popularly known as SPB, lined up in front of the ancient Big Temple in Thanjavur and in towns and cities including Madurai, Salem, Erode and Coimbatore while scores prayed from their homes and recited prayer songs from their religions.
Deeply saddened to hear about the demise of Balasubrahmanyam ji.Just a few months back I’d interacted with him during a virtual concert in this lockdown..he seemed hale,hearty & his usual legendary self...life is truly unpredictable. My thoughts & prayers with his family🙏🏻#RIPSPB pic.twitter.com/NytdM7YhBL— Akshay Kumar (@akshaykumar) September 25, 2020
Dearest SPB sir,— Trish (@trishtrashers) September 25, 2020
This feels like such a personal loss💔
I am honoured and proud to have been part of films in which you sung.
Thank you for the music🎶🙏🏻
Legends are forever.
Unable to process the fact that #SPBalasubramaniam garu is no more. Nothing will ever come close to that soulful voice of his. Rest in peace sir. Your legacy will live on. Heartfelt condolences and strength to the family 🙏— Mahesh Babu (@urstrulyMahesh) September 25, 2020
Very sad to hear about the demise of the legend Shri #SPBalasubramaniam Garu...— Johny Lever (@iamjohnylever) September 25, 2020
It’s a huge loss to not just the film fraternity but also our nation.
Our prayers and condolences to the family.
May his soul rest in peace...#RIPSPB 🙏🏽 pic.twitter.com/Nqu5Api6EU
Deeply saddened by the loss of #SPBalasubramaniam sir.. thankyou for your artistry and your kind words.may the halls of heaven be filled with your resplendent voice. You were family and the loss is heartbreaking— shruti haasan (@shrutihaasan) September 25, 2020
A sad sad day! A great loss to the music industry. #SPBalasubramaniam Garu was an inspiration to many and my all time favourite singer..u wil b missed sir but ur voice wil remain with us forever.. rest in peace sir.. 🙏🙏— nithiin (@actor_nithiin) September 25, 2020
Really sad to hear about the passing away of such a great yet simple person. He was my first sponsor! He sponsored our team Chennai Colts in the national team championship in 1983. One of the nicest persons I have met. His music gave us such joy #RIPSPB— Viswanathan Anand (@vishy64theking) September 25, 2020