KK, a popular Indian playback singer and songwriter with more than 300 film and TV credits, died Tuesday of cardiac arrest in Kolkata. Well-known Bollywood singer Krishnakumar Kunnath, popularly known as KK, died in Kolkata on Tuesday night, officials said.
He was 53, and survived by wife and two sons.
KK performed at a concert organised by a college at Nazrul Mancha in south Kolkata for almost an hour in the evening.
He was “feeling heavy” after reaching his hotel, and soon collapsed, officials said.
He was taken to a nearby private CMRI hospital where doctors declared him brought dead, they said.
“KK was brought to the hospital around 10 pm. It’s unfortunate that we could not treat him,” a senior official of the hospital said.
Doctors at the hospital said they suspected “cardiac arrest” to be the cause of the death.
A senior officer of the Kolkata Police told PTI that a post-mortem would be conducted on Wednesday to ascertain the exact reason for the death.
Condoling his death, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said KK will always be remembered through his songs.
“Saddened by the untimely demise of noted singer Krishnakumar Kunnath popularly known 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,” Modi tweeted.
His wife and sons will reach Kolkata from New Delhi on Wednesday morning.
KK, who was on a two-day tour to Kolkata, performed at Nazrul Manch in a concert organised by another college on Monday evening as well. He was supposed to return to New Delhi on Wednesday.
“I have so many personal memories with him. We started our careers together. He was such a nice and non-controversial person. Life has become so unpredictable and uncertain after the pandemic,” singer-turned-politician Babul Supriyo told reporters after reaching the hospital.
“KK has a big contribution to the advent of rock music in India,” said Supriyo, a TMC MLA.
A police team was posted outside the hospital to manage KK’s fans who started gathering after hearing the news of his death.
As a playback singer, he has recorded popular Bollywood numbers such as ‘Ankhon Mein Teri’ (Om Shanti Om), ‘Zara Sa’ (Jannat), ‘Khuda Jaane’ (Bachna Ae Hasino) and ‘Tadap Tadap’ (Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam).
A versatile singer, KK has also recorded songs in Tamil, Telugu, Kannada, Malayalam, Marathi and Bengali, among other languages.