The legendary singer SP Balasubramanyam, who was hospitalized in August after testing positive for COVID-19, breathed his last on Friday at MGM Healthcare in Chennai on Friday 25th September. He was 74. SPB as his fans fondly knew him, had announced on August 5th that he had tested positive for COVID-19 and had been admitted in a hospital through a video recording posted on his Facebook page. On Friday, SP Charan, SPB’s son announced his death and thanked all those who prayed for the singer’s recovery.
After testing positive for COVID-19, SPB was in good condition until August 13. His condition took a turn for the worse that night after which he was put on ECMO and ventilator support. On September 13, he tested negative for COVID-19 however, he required continuing on the ventilator and ECMO along with passive physiotherapy.
SPB made his singing debut in 1966 with the Telugu film Sri Sri Sri Maryada Ramanna and is the most prolific singer the country has ever seen. He was a multi-talented person who worked as a singer, actor, music director, dubbing artist, and film producer in multiple languages. In his career spanning five decades, he has 45,000 songs recorded to his credit in 16 Indian languages including. He holds the Guinness World Record for recording the highest number of songs by a singer. He has won the National Film Award for Best Male Playback Singer six times, along with numerous other state awards for his mellifluous voice. SPB was also bestowed with Padma Shri Award in 2001 and Padma Bhushan in 2011.
Tributes and condolences have poured in on social media from across the spectrum as actors, politicians, and fans mourn his demise.