Bappi Lahiri, the king of disco who ruled the 80s, dies in Mumbai at 69
- EP News Service
- Feb 16, 2022
MUMBAI: Singer and composer Bappi Lahiri who revolutionalised pop culture in Bollywood during the '80s passed away late at night on Tuesday at CritiCare Hospital in Juhu, Mumbai. He was 69.
Confirming the news Dr Deepak Namjoshi, director of CritiCare said that Lahiri died of obstructive sleep apnea last night. Dr Namjoshi said that he had been admitted to the hospital for a month and was discharged on Monday, however, a day later his health deteriorated and his family called for a doctor to visit their home, following which he was brought to the hospital but he latter succumbed.
According to the family, his funeral will take place on Thursday after the arrival of his son Bappa from Los Angeles tomorrow mid-morning. "We are seeking love and blessings for his soul. We will keep you updated" said a statement signed by his wife Chitrani Lahiri, Gobind Bansal, children Bappa Lahiri and Rema Lahiri.
Bappi has not been keeping good health for some time and earlier last year he was admitted to the ICU of the Breach Candy hospital after testing positive for the coronavirus during which it was reported that he had lost his voice, however the same was denied by Bappi himself, "By the grace of my fans and well-wishers, I am completely healthy,” he had posted on social media. Bappi came home but was wheelchair-bound for most of the time as he found it difficult to walk.
Several personalities paid tribute to the legendary singer. Prime Minister Narendra Modi was among the first to tweet. "Shri Bappi Lahiri Ji’s music was all-encompassing, beautifully expressing diverse emotions. People across generations could relate to his works. His lively nature will be missed by everyone. Saddened by his demise. Condolences to his family and admirers. Om Shanti."
Among the film personalities actors Akshay Kumar and Ajay Devgn, composer AR Rahman paid their condolences.
Bappi is known for his peppy dance numbers and has given some of the most memorable songs in Bollywood film which include songs for films Disco Dancer, Sharaabi, Chalte Chalte, Dirty Picture and most recently for the 2020 film Baaghi 3.
The singer had last appeared Bigg Boss 15 sharing screen was with Salman Khan to promote his grandson Swastik's new song 'Baccha Party'.