Veteran playback singer S P Balasubrahmanyam, who had millions of fans for his golden voice for more than five decades, died on Friday (September 25) at MGM Healthcare in Chennai where he was treated for COVID-19 since last month, the hospital said.
The 74-year old singer, whose condition became extremely critical on Thursday, breathed his last at 1.04 pm, a statement from MGM Healthcare, where he was admitted on August 5 after testing positive for COVID-19, said.
However, the hospital said he had tested negative for COVID-19 on September 4.
According to sources close to the family, the singer’s body was moved from the hospital at around 4 pm after the embalming process. His family will be taking his body back to their residence in Nungambakkam.
SPB’s farmhouse at Red Hills will be the venue for friends, family, and other visitors to pay their last tributes to the singer. The family is expecting people from other states to fly down to Chennai to attend the funeral.
Seers from the Sringeri mutt and Kanchi mutt too are likely to come to Chennai for the funeral.
The funeral is expected to be held on Friday evening or Saturday (September 26) morning.