Bollywood Singer Bappi Lahiri Is Dead

INDIAN music legend Bappi Lahiri has died at the age of 69 after suffering from breathing problems.

Lahiri was one of the country’s most iconic singers and considered a trailblazing music composer who was dubbed the “King of Bollywood Disco”.

Known for his flash fashion and groovy tunes, he was fondly known as “Bappi Da” and is credited with bringing disco music to India.

He was also known for his love of gold chains, which he often wore around his neck for luck.

Lahiri had “multiple health issues” and died in the film industry capital Mumbai late Tuesday, said Deepak Namjoshi, director of CritiCare Hospital, .

He had recovered from Covid last year – but had been hospitalised for the last month.

Bappi died from obstructive sleep apnea (OSA), a breathing problem that occurs when a person sleeps.

He had just been discharged from a month-long hospital stay on Monday, Namjoshi told the Press Trust of India, but was readmitted Tuesday after his condition deteriorated.

Politicians, cricketers and Bollywood stars have mourned his death, with many remembering their favourite songs.

Lahiri’s family said in a statement that his death was a “deeply sad moment” for us.

“We are seeking love and blessings for his soul,” his wife and two children said.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi said: “His demise leaves a big void in the world of Indian music.

“Bappi Da will be remembered for his versatile singing and lively nature.”

He composed music for dozens of movies featuring top stars, including Amitabh Bachchan, Ajay Devgun and Mithun Chakraborty.

His big Bollywood hits included Chalte Chalte, Disco Dancer and Sharaabi. He also had a run of major box office successes in Bengali films.

He had several collaborations with international stars, including English model and singer Fox in the 1995 Hindi film “Rock Dancer” and with Snoop Dogg on Punjabi song “Patiala Peg” in 2015.

He also voiced several characters for Hindi-language versions of Hollywood films.

Actor Ajay Devgun said Lahiri was endearing in person, “but his music had an edge. He introduced a more contemporary style to Hindi film music.

Oscar-winning composer A.R. Rahman tweeted his condolences and called Lahiri the “Disco King of Hindi cinema”.

Bollywood megastar Akshay Kumar added that Lahiri’s voice “was the reason for millions to dance, including me”.

“Thank you for all the happiness you brought through your music,” he wrote on Twitter.

In a statement, India’s ministry of culture said: “Extremely saddened to learn about the unfortunate demise of veteran singer-composer, #BappiLahiri Ji.

“Our prayers to God for the departed soul & to provide strength to the bereaved family. His songs will echo in the hearts of music lovers till eternity.”

Lahiri also had a brief stint in politics.

He joined the Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party in 2014 but lost a parliamentary seat he contested for the party in Srerampur in West Bengal state in national elections.

Lahiri is survived by his wife Chitrani Lahiri and a son and a daughter.

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