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Indian playback singer KK dies at 53 after performing at Kolkata concert, PM Narendra Modi and others pay tribute

By Priyanka Verma 
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New Delhi: Bollywood playback singer and composer Krishnakumar Kunnath, popularly known as KK passed away on Tuesday night in Kolkata. He was 53. In Kolkata, Hours before his death KK was performing at a concert at Nazrul Mancha organised by Vivekananda College where he sang for almost an hour.

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Bollywood playback singer KK also posted a picture of the concert and captioned it, “Pulsating gig tonight at Nazrul Mancha. Vivekananda College !! Love you all”.

Singer KK was in the city for a two-day concert, and took ill during an event at Nazrul Mancha. “He was brought dead to the hospital around 10 pm,” said a CMRI hospital staff. According to sources, KK felt unwell during the concert. He complained of uneasiness during the interval but performed till the end of the event. Post that, he was taken to a five-star hotel in Esplanade, where his health deteriorated, and he died before he could reach the hospital.

KK’s wife and children will reach Kolkata on Wednesday morning.

PM Modi and others celebrates pay tribute

Prime Minister Narendra Modi took to Twitter and expressed grief. “Saddened by the untimely demise of noted singer Krishnakumar Kunnath popularly known as KK. His songs reflected a wide range of emotions as struck a chord with people of all age groups. We will always remember him through his songs. Condolences to his family and fans. Om Shanti,” PM tweeted.

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Actor Akshay Kumar called KK’s death ‘a big loss’. He wrote on Twitter, “Extremely sad and shocked to know of the sad demise of KK. What a loss! Om Shanti 🙏🏻.”

Singer Harshdeep Kaur tweeted, “Just can’t believe that our beloved #KK is no more. This really can’t be true. The voice of love has gone. This is heartbreaking.”

Singer-politician Babul Supriyo tweeted, “One of the nicest guys the Music Industry ever had… One or bestest Voices we ever had… #KK ‘s sudden so so very untimely demise is too shocking & devastating a reality to deal with… Rest in Peace my friend.”

Singer Rahul Vaidya said he was ‘beyond shocked’ at the news of KK’s death. He tweeted, “I hear singer KK just passed away. GOD what is really happening!!?? I mean WHAT IS HAPPENING. One of the nicest humans kk sir was. Gone too soon at 53. Beyond shocked. RIP sir.”

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Actor Abhishek Bachchan said, “This is such shocking and sad news. KK, thank you for sharing your talent with us all. Gone too soon. Rest in harmony!

Cricketer Virender Sehwag also paid his condolences to KK’s family as he wrote on Twitter, “Tragic to hear about the passing away of KK after falling ill while performing in Kolkata. Another reminder of how fragile life is. Condolences to his family and friends. Om Shanti.”

KK’S Bollywood journey

Bollywood singer KK became popular among the youth with his first album called ‘Pal’ which was released in 1999.

KK, known as a versatile singer, has recorded songs in Hindi, Tamil, Telugu, Kannada, Malayalam, Marathi and Bengali, among other languages. He also sang a number of ad jingles.

The legendary musicial has sung songs such as Dil Ibaadat from Tum Mile, Tu Jo Mile From Salman Khan’s Bajrangi Bhaijaan, Abhi Abhi from Jism 2, Tu Hi Meri Shab Hai from Gangster, Ankhon Mein Teri from Om Shanti Om and many more.

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