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Legendary Singer SP Balasubrahmanyam No More

Legendary playback singer SP Balasubrahmanyam passed away today at a Chennai hospital after getting COVID-19.

Popularly known as SPB, was admitted to MGM Healthcare on August 5 for corona and was on life support due to his extremely critical condition in the last few days.

In early September, the singer’s filmmaker-son SP Charan had said that his father had tested negative for the virus but continued to be on a ventilator.

Balasuprahmanyam hospitalised with “mild” symptoms almost two months ago and he shared this news via a video post on Facebook.

The 74-year-old sang over 40,000 songs in a career spanning nearly 55 years.

He has garnered six National Film Awards for Best Male Playback Singer for his works in four different languages; Kannada, Telugu, Tamil, and Hindi; 25 Andhra Pradesh state Nandi Awards for his works towards Telugu cinema, numerous other state awards from Karnataka and Tamil Nadu.

Mr Balasubrahmanyam was born in Nellore into a Telugu family. His father, late S. P. Sambamurthy, was a Harikatha artist who had also acted in plays.

His mother was Sakunthalamma, who died on 4 February 2019. He has two brothers and five sisters, including singer S. P. Sailaja. His son is S. P. Charan who is also a famous South Indian Singer, Actor and a Producer.

Another big loss for the industry. RIP SPB.

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