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Music icon Bappi Lahiri cremated; Vidya Balan, Shaan and Mika Singh bid farewell to legendary singer-songwriter

Iconic musician Bappi Lahiri was cremated on Thursday morning in the presence of his family and close friends.

The singer breathed his last on Tuesday night due to obstructive sleep apnea. The 69-year-old was hospitalized for almost a month due to multiple health issues.

The singer was cremated at Vile Parle Crematorium around 12:30 p.m. Several Bollywood celebrities and music industry personalities came to pay their respects.

Vidya Balan, Shakti Kapoor, Alka Yagnik and Ila Arun were among the celebrities who reached the crematorium to pay their respects.

The iconic musician breathed his last on Tuesday night. He suffered from obstructive sleep apnea (OSA). Bappi Da was hospitalized for nearly a month at CritiCare Hospital in Juhu. He was briefly discharged, however, he had to be rushed to hospital on Tuesday evening after his health deteriorated. According to Dr Deepak Namjoshi, Bappi Da died around 11:45 p.m. on Tuesday.

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“This is a deeply sad time for us. Our beloved Bappi Da left for heavenly abode last midnight. Cremation will take place when Bappa arrives from LA tomorrow mid-morning. We are looking for love and blessings to his soul. We will keep you posted,” read a statement released by the singer’s family. It was signed by Ms. Chitrani Lahiri, Mr. Gobind Bansal, Bappa Lahiri and Rema Lahiri.

Gobind Bansal, who is married to Bappi Da’s daughter Rema, told media that the final rites will be held at Pawan Hans Crematorium in Juhu. The veteran songwriter’s son, Bappa, is a musician and currently lives in Los Angeles, USA. On Wednesday, several Bollywood celebrities visited the late musician’s home to pay their respects.

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After the death of the ‘King of Disco’, social media witnessed heartache, grief and a universal outpouring of grief. From politicians to musicians, actors to artists all over India expressed their sadness.

Bappi Da is recognized as the pioneer of disco music in Indian cinema. His hits include “Jimmy Jimmy”, “Intehan Ho Gayi”, “Pag ghunghroo”, “Aaj Rapat Jaya to”, “Jawani Janeman”, etc. His songs have been well received by moviegoers across the country. .

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The musician has also composed songs for Bengali, Tamil, Telugu and Gujarati songs. As a composer, his last work was in ‘Ganpati Bappa Morya’ in September 2021 and his last Bollywood song was ‘Bhankas’ from ‘Baaghi 3’ released in 2020.