Veteran singer-songwriter Bappi Lahiri dies in Mumbai at 69

Veteran singer-songwriter Bappi Lahiri has died in a hospital in Mumbai due to multiple health issues. The news of his death was confirmed by the doctor at the hospital. He died on Tuesday evening at CritiCare Hospital Mumbai in Juhu. He was 69 years old. The last rites will be performed on Thursday, said a statement from his family.

“Bappi Lahiri suffered from Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA) and recurrent lung infection. He was hospitalized at CritiCare Hospital in Juhu for 29 days. He recovered well and was discharged on February 15 However, after a day at home, his health deteriorated again and he was taken back to CritiCare Hospital in critical condition and succumbed to his illness at around 11:45 p.m. Covid infection last year. He had OSA for 1 year,” Dr Deepak Namjoshi, director of the hospital, told ANI.

In a statement, the musician’s family said final rites will take place on Feb. 17 pending the return of Bappi’s son, Bappa Lahiri, from Los Angeles. “This is a deeply sad time for us. Our beloved Bappi Da departed for heavenly abode last midnight. Cremation will take place upon Bappa’s arrival from Los Angeles mid-morning tomorrow. We are looking for the love and blessings to his soul,” the statement read said.

Affectionately known as Bappi da, he was best known for his successes, as well as his fascination with gold. Bappi Lahiri was known as the true blue ‘Disco King’ of Bollywood of the 80s and 90s, especially for his hugely popular songs for films such as Namak Halaal, Disco Dancer and Dance Dance.

He has also composed songs for films such as Himmatwala, Sharaabi, Adventures of Tarzan, Satyamev Jayate, Commando, Aaj Ke Shahenshah, Thanedaar, Numbri Aadmi and Shola Aur Shabnam among others. The singer-songwriter’s first big hit in Bollywood was for Aamir Khan’s father Tahir Hussain’s film Zakhmee.

In the 2000s, Bappi Lahiri sang songs such as Ooh La La for The Dirty Picture, Tune Maari Entriyaan for Gunday, Tamma Tamma for Badrinath Ki Dulhania, and more recently, Areey Pyar Kar Le for Shubh Mangal Zyada Saavdhan. He last composed the song Bhankas for the 2020 film Baaghi 3.

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Last year, the musician was admitted to Breach Candy Hospital in Mumbai after being diagnosed with Covid-19. In September, the singer-songwriter denied reports of his poor health, telling the Hindustan Times: “I am shocked to see so many reports that I have lost my voice. It’s ridiculous and I’m really upset.”

(With ANI inputs)

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