The official statement from MGM Healthcare said that despite the maximum measures of life support, the singer died of a cardiorespiratory arrest.
From Kamal Haasan to Rajinikanth, celebrities from all over India had sent their good wishes for the Tamil singer. When news of his death broke, music teacher AR Rahman, singers Lata Mangeshkar and Asha Bhosle mourned his loss.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi said that with the disappearance of SP Balasubrahmanyam, our cultural world is much poorer.
Ironically, before testing positive for coronavirus, singer SP Balasubrahmanyam had composed and sung a song in Tamil to raise awareness of the deadly pathogen. He had initially shown mild symptoms of Covid-19 and, despite being recommended for a home quarantine, he had opted to be treated at the hospital for the health of his family.
A few days ago, the singer's son, SP Charan had tweeted: “Dad is stable and continues to be a physiotherapist. The ecmo and fan remain on, but hopefully not for long. Thanks to the #MGMHealthcare team of doctors and to all of you who have been praying for him (sic). "
Over the past few weeks, several members of the Tamil film fraternity gathered to pray for the legendary singer's speedy recovery. A mass prayer was organized in which several Tamil celebrities prayed for SPB's recovery while playing one of his songs.
A legend, Balasubrahmanyam gave his voice to thousands of songs spanning various languages and genres. Winner of six national awards, he sang by actors ranging from MGR, Sivaji Ganesan, Rajinikanth, Kamal Haasan, and Salman Khan. His fans had awarded him the title of Paadum Nila (Singing Moon).