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Renowned vocalist KK’s demise: Case registered for unnatural death, no injury marks found on face

By Ruchi Upadhyay 
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Kolkata: one of the best singer in industry is no more. A case of unnatural death has been registered by the Kolkata Police on the death of famous singer Krishnakumar Kunnath (KK). A senior official gave this information on Wednesday. He said that a case has been registered at New Market police station. The five-star hotel falls under the same police station area where KK was staying. Before being taken to the hospital, he had complained of being unwell in this hotel.

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“We have started investigation into the death of singer KK and registered a case of unnatural death at New Market police station. We are talking to the hotel authorities and checking the CCTV footage to know what happened before taking them to the hospital.

KK had reached Kolkata’s Vivekananda College on Tuesday for a concert. During the performance, gradually his health started deteriorating. After the event, he had also fallen on the ground, due to which there were injury marks on his head and face.

Sharing the last videos of his life, fans have demanded to register a case against Nazrul Manch. Fans say that despite deteriorating health, they had to sing at the event. According to the police, the investigation into Singer’s death is still going on. The reason will be clear only after the post-mortem report comes.

Minister Aroop Biswas said KK’s body was taken from a private to a state-run hospital for the post-mortem, which is mandatory when a person is declared dead on arrival at a hospital. “After the post-mortem, the body will be flown to Mumbai.” He said K K’s widow and their son and daughter have arrived in Kolkata.

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Chief minister Mamata Banerjee, who was in Bankura, said she was rushing back to Kolkata to pay her last respects to the singer. “The state wants to pay its respects through a gun salute. Let us see if it can be organised,” Banerjee said. “I talked to KK’s wife over the phone.”

KK fell ill on Tuesday night after complaining of excessive heat inside the auditorium where he was performing. He returned to his hotel after taking a break in the middle of the performance.

KK’s manager, Ritesh Bhatt, who was with him, said the singer started feeling uncomfortable in the car while returning to the hotel. “He said he was feeling extremely cold and asked the driver to switch off the AC. He said he was having cramps in his arms and feet. After reaching the hotel, he even posed with fans for photos and gave autographs. He collapsed after reaching his room and fell on the floor,” Bhatt told reporters after the police recorded his statement.

A forensic team was sent to the hotel, where KK complained of chest pain before his death. The hotel staff also told the police that KK collapsed and fell on the floor. Police were checking CCTV footage of the hotel.

Over 3,000 people had gathered for KK’s show although the auditorium can accommodate around 2,000. Videos of the show showed KK was constantly wiping his sweat and pointing at the air-conditioning machines.

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A section of the media reported that there were signs of head and facial injury when KK was taken to the hospital. A hospital official said this was untrue. “There was a minor cut on the face apparently caused by the fall when KK collapsed. There was no head injury or face injury as is being reported. There was no bleeding. There were no vital signs when KK’s body reached the hospital,” said the official, requesting anonymity.

Singer Usha Uthup was among those who visited the hospital to pay their last respects to KK before his body was taken for the post-mortem.

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