Bappi Lahiri, a singer who died at the age of 69, was known as much for his love of gold jewellery as for his successful songs. In a previous interview, the famed singer-composer stated that “gold is lucky” for him.
“In January, Bappi Lahiri was taken into the hospital for a chest infection and Obstructive Sleep Apnea,” CritiCare hospital head Dr Deepak Namjoshi told. “He was hospitalised for 29 days, including 18 days in the intensive care unit. He later made a full recovery, with his parameters remaining constant as he underwent pulmonary rehabilitation. He was discharged on Monday, February 14th. He stayed at home for approximately one and a half days before his health began to deteriorate and his family contacted us, so we dispatched an ambulance to his home. We attempted to resuscitate him about 11.30 p.m. on Tuesday, but he eventually died away around 11.40 – 11.45 p.m. on Tuesday.”
The singer, who was known as Bappi da and had enormous popularity in the 1980s and 1990s, is most known for introducing disco music to the Indian public. His work on films such as Disco Dancer, Namak Halaal, Dance Dance, Commando earned him the title of “Disco King.”
Prime Minister Narendra Modi, actors Ajay Devgn and Akshay Kumar, and musician AR Rahman were among those who paid tribute to Lahiri.