Sunday, October 25, 2020

SPB laid to rest at his farmhouse with 24-gun salute by TN Police


Singer-actor SP Balasubrahmanyam succumbed to Coronavirus on Friday. The 74-year-old actor was admitted to MGM Healthcare in Chennai in the first week of August after testing positive for Coronavirus.
SPB’s son SP Charan told reporters at MGM Healthcare, “SPB belongs to everyone. He will live on in his songs. My dad passed away at 1.04 p.m.”
A statement from the hospital read, “Thiru SP Balasubrahmanyam had been admitted at MGM Healthcare on August 5 and commenced on life support measures since August 14 for severe COVID-19 pneumonia. He continued to be closely monitored by our multidisciplinary team in the critical care unit. He tested negative for COVID-19 on September 4. In a further setback this morning, despite maximal 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 has passed away on September 25 at 13:04 Hours. We express our heartfelt condolences to his family, friends, well-wishers and admirers at their loss during this time of anguish and sorrow.”
The passing away of the legendary singer has left his fans saddened. Many celebrities are paying their tribute to him on social media.
Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh YS Jagan Mohan Reddy expressed his condolences to SPB’s family. In a statement, the CM said, “Sripathi Panditaradhyula Balasubrahmanyam, popularly known as SPB, has been the refreshing notation of film music spanning over 5 decades, enthralling the connoisseurs and common people alike through his multifaceted talent.”
SPB had an illustrious career in showbiz. He won 6 National Film Awards and 25 Nandi Awards. The Government of India honoured the singer-actor with the Padma Shri in 2001 and the Padma Bhushan in 2011. Besides holding a Guinness World record for singing over 40,000 songs, the music maestro acted in many films. His major movies include Keladi Kanmani (1990), Thiruda Thiruda (1993), Kadhalan (1994), Ullaasam (1996) and others.