Legendary musician Bappi Lahiri died Tuesday evening from multiple health problems. He was 69.
He died shortly before midnight at CritiCare hospital in Juhu, Mumbai due to obstructive sleep apnea, a doctor said.
Mr. Lahiri was known for popularizing disco music in India in the 1980s and 1990s. He composed songs for several famous movies including “Chalte Chalte”, “Disco Dancer” and “Sharaabi”.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi took to Twitter to express his condolences on the death of the veteran composer and singer, saying that “people of different generations can relate to his works”.
“Shri Bappi Lahiri Ji’s music was all-encompassing and beautifully expressed different emotions. People of different generations could empathize with his works. His lively character will be missed by all. Saddened by his passing. Condolences to his family and admirers. To Shanti,” the Prime Minister tweeted.
President Ram Nath Kovind also expressed his condolences to Mr Lahiri’s family and fans.
“Shri Bappi Lahiri was an incomparable singer-composer. His songs became popular not only in India but also abroad. His diverse offerings included both youthful and soulful melodies. His memorable songs will delight listeners for a long time to come. Condolences to his family and fans,” the president tweeted.
Interior Minister Amit Shah called his death “a great void”.
“It was a pain to learn of the passing of legendary singer and composer Bappi Lahiri Ji. His passing leaves a great void in the world of Indian music. Bappi Da will be remembered for his versatile singing and lively character. My condolences to his family and admirers. Om Shanti,” tweeted Mr Shah
Union Minister Hardeep Singh Puri said he was deeply saddened.
‘A legend rests in peace. Deeply saddened by the passing of popular music composer and singer Sh Bappi Lahiri Ji. My condolences to his family, fans and admirers. Om Shanti!,” he tweeted.
The chief minister of West Bengal Mamata Banerjee also offered condolences on his death and said that Mr Lahiri has risen to all-India fame and success through his sheer talent and hard work.
“Shocked to learn of the untimely passing of the legendary singer and composer Bappi Lahiri. A boy from our North Bengal, he rose to fame and success all over India thanks to his sheer talent and hard work, and made us proud by his musical contributions she tweeted.