Popular Bollywood singer Krishnakumar Kunnath, lovingly known by fans as KK, passed away at the age of 53.
The Indian playback singer had been performing in a concert at Nazrul Manch in Kolkata when it is reported that he began to feel unwell.
After returning to his hotel in Esplanade, Kunnath complained of feeling ‘uneasy.’ He is reported to have suffered a heart attack and at around 10:30pm he was rushed to Kolkata (Calcutta) Medical Research Institute. Kunnath was pronounced dead on arrival.
Indian press reports indicate Kolkata Police have filed a report classing his passing as an ‘unnatural death.’
Grief-stricken fans and political figures took to social media to express their sorrow and condolences, including Prime Minister Narendra Modi who wrote on Twitter:
“Saddened by the untimely demise of noted singer Krishnakumar Kunnath popularly knowns as KK. His songs reflected a wide range of emotions as struck a chord with people of all age groups. We will always remember him through his songs. Condolences to his family and fans. Om Shanti.”
Fans were shocked and heartbroken as they recalled how Kunnath’s songs formed a valuable part of their lives and their childhoods. Many remembered KK as one of the finest singers of our generation, who left a deep impression on countless music lovers.
Prasad M Taras tweeted:
“Absolutely shocking and heartbreaking. A valuable part of my childhood is gone. Broken heart, emotional evenings, school memories are all attached to his songs. His last stage performance in Kolkata. Still can’t believe KK is no more.”
Karan Johar tweeted:
“Heartbreaking news on the sudden passing away of such an incredible talent. RIP KK. The entertainment world has lost a true artist today. Om Shanti.”
Shubhankar Mishra tweeted, “Last performance. Last picture.”
Krishnakumar Kunnath is survived by his wife and two children.