Legendary composer-singer Bappi Lahiri passes away at 69

Bappi LahiriLegendary composer-singer Bappi Lahiri passes away at 69

Renowned singer-composer, Bappi Lahiri took his last breath on Wednesday, at the age of 69. He has been ill from the past few months and died of Obstructive Sleep Apnea at CritiCare Hospital in Juhu, Mumbai. Prime Minister Narendra Modi, actors Ajay Devgn and Akshay Kumar, and musician AR Rahman were some of the renowned names who paid their respect to the legendary singer Bappi Lahiri.

The first-ever hit composition made in Bollywood by him was in the movie Zakhmee, directed by Aamir Khan’s father Tahir Hussain. Apart from this, he has sung and composed some incredible music piece for the movies like Himmatwala, Sharaabi, Adventures of Tarzan, Satyamev Jayate, Commando, Shola Aur Shabnam, Thanedaar, Numbri Aadmi, and Aaj Ke Shahenshah to name a few. 

Making people dance on his voice, Bappi Lahiri has given some incredible songs for Bollywood like Ooh La La for The Dirty Picture, Tune Maari Entriyaan for Gunday, Tamma Tamma of Badrinath Ki Dulhania, and Areey Pyar Kar Le for Shubh Mangal Zyada Saavdhan in the last decade. He most recently composed the song Bhankas for the upcoming film Baaghi 3.

“Bappi Lahiri was suffering from Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA) and recurrent chest infection. He recovered well and was discharged (for) home on Feb 15. However, after a day at home, his health again deteriorated and he was brought back to CritiCare hospital in a critical state and succumbed to his illness at about 11.45 pm. He suffered from a Covid infection last year. He had OSA (obstructive sleep apnea) for the last 1 year,” Dr. Deepak Namjoshi, director of the hospital, told. 

The singer has made last on-screen appearance with Salman Khan on Bigg Boss 15, when he was promoting his grandson Swastik’s new song “Baccha Party.”

After completing 50 years in the industry in 2019, the singer expressed his gratitude and told PTI, “I feel so proud to have had this journey and to have worked with all the extremely talented people in the industry. Simply put, my life is Dilip Kumar to Ranveer Singh. From Dharm Adhikari to Gunday I’ve done it all.”

Popularly known as Bappi da he was also well known for his fascination with gold apart from gaining recognition for his remarkable songs. Bappi Lahiri was dubbed the ‘Disco King’ of Bollywood in the 1980s and 1990s, because of his hit songs from films like Namak Halaal, Disco Dancer, and Dance Dance.

The musician was taken to Mumbai’s Breach Candy Hospital in April of last year after testing positive for Covid. But after a few days of care and proper medication, he was fully recovered and discharged from the hospital. 

After being diagnosed with Covid-19 last year, the musician was hospitalized at Mumbai’s Breach Candy hospital. “I am astonished to read so many publications suggesting that I’ve lost my voice,” the singer-composer told in September, dismissing allegations about his ill health. It’s absurd, and I’m very sad.”

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