Legendary singer, SP Balasubrahmanyam passed away at 74 in a private hospital in Chennai after testing positive for Covid-19 during the first week of August. 

Bala was tested positive for COVID-19 on August 5, SPB shared the news on his Facebook page through a video recording and had gotten admitted in a hospital. 

While his health had declined during the second week in the hospital, but in the last update, .i.e on September 22, SP Charan Son of SPB said he was making steady progress even he was on Ecmo/ventilator and was eager to leave the hospital. Unfortunately, his condition deteriorated further and suffered a cardio-respiratory arrest, and he passed away in a few hours ago, today.

The MGM Health care said in a statement “Thiru SP Balasubrahmanyam had been admitted at MGM Healthcare on August 5 and commenced on life support measures since August 14 for severe COVID-19 pneumonia. He continued to be closely monitored by our multidisciplinary team in the critical care unit. He tested negative for COVID-19 on September 4. In a further setback this morning, despite maximal life support measures and the best efforts of the clinical team, his condition deteriorated further and he suffered a cardio-respiratory arrest. With profound grief, we regret to inform that he has passed away on September 25 at 13.04 hours,”. 

SP Balasubrahmanyam Popularly known as SPB made his singing debut in 1966 with Telugu movie Sri Sri Sri Maryada Ramanna. The veteran singer has recorded over 40,000 songs in 16 Indian languages including Telugu, Tamil, Malayalam, Kannada, and Hindi and 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, the Filmfare Award seven times for his work across many industries, the Tamil Nadu State Film Awards four times, the Government of Andhra Pradesh’s Nandi Awards 25 times, and the Karnataka State Film Awards three times. He was also a recipient of the Padma Bhushan (2011) and Padmashri (2001) from the Government of India.

He was also a voice-over artist and had given his voice for actor Kamal Hassan, whenever dubbed Tamil movies into Telugu.