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Eminent playback singer KK passes away; Vice President, PM, HM and IB Minister express grief

Entire nation along with Bollywood is in utter shock and disbelief over the sudden and untimely demise of singer Krishnakumar Kunnath popularly known as KK.

Condolence messages of celebrities from all walks of life expressing their grief and shock over the untimely demise of the popular singer are pouring in.

Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu, Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Union Home Minister Amit Shah, I&B Minister Anurag Thakur expressed grief over the death of noted singer.

In a tweet, the Vice President said he is anguished by the sudden demise of renowned singer, Shri Krishnakumar Kunnath.

He said the singer is known for his soulful voice and melodious singing. Mr Naidu said Shri KK’s demise is a huge loss to the world of music. Prime Minister Narendra Modi was one of the very first people to offer condolences on KK’s death on social media.

In his message, PM said he is saddened by the untimely demise of the noted singer. Mr Modi said KK’s songs reflected a wide range of emotions and have struck a chord with people of all age groups. He said people will always remember him through his songs.

Noted Bollywood actors including Akshay Kumar, Ajay Devgan, Ranveer Singh,  Abhishek Bachchan,  Vicky Kaushal, Emraan Hasmi, Anupam Kher, Madhavan, Arjun Kapoor, Juhi Chawla,  Kangana Ranaut, Kriti Sanon among others also expressed their shock and grief over the news of the death of the singer.
Actor Anupam Kher took to Twitter and shared a video of a song from his directorial venture Om Jai Jagadish while recalling working with late singer. Kher revealed that the heart touching song ‘Jeena Kya Jeewan se Haarkar’ by KK has taught him various life lessons with his motivational voice.

Stalwarts from the Bollywood’s music industry including singers Sonu Nigam, Kumar Sanu, Shaan, Shreya Ghoshal, Harshdeep Kaur south Indian singer Chitra along with singer-composer Anu Malik, Shankar Mahadevan and Pritam also expressed their shock and grief on social media.

Eminent personalities from the sports fraternity including former Indian cricketers Virender Sehwag, Yuvraj Singh and VVS Laxman took to their respective social media handles to offer their deepest condolences to the late singer. Sehwag in his condolence message said this is another reminder of how fragile life is.

Singer Krishnakumar Kunnath, popularly known as KK, passed away yesterday in Kolkata at the age of 53. He was in Kolkata for a performance at the Nazrul Mancha. After his live performance, the singer reportedly fell ill in his hotel and was declared dead when brought to a hospital.

Born in New Delhi to C S Menon and Kunnath Kanakavalli on August 23, 1968, KK was an alumnus of Delhi’s Mount St Mary’s School. KK made his debut as a Bollywood playback singer with ‘Tadap Tadap’ from ‘Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam’,though, prior to this, KK had sung a small portion of the song ‘Chhod Aaye Hum’ from Gulzar’s ‘Maachis’.

Over the span of his almost 3-decade-long career KK sang more than 500 songs in Hindi and more than 200 songs in Telugu, Bangla, Kannada and Malayalam languages. He had also received various honours including two Screen Awards for Best Playback Singer- Male (Non-Film Music) and many more.

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