“With further failure this morning, despite maximum life support measures and the best efforts of the clinical team, his condition worsened and he underwent cardiac-respiratory arrest,” Bascaran said.
Balasubrahmanyam died shortly after 1pm local time on Friday, Baskaran said, adding that he was reporting the news “with deep sorrow”
A leading figure in Indian cinema, Balasubrahmanyam, known to fans simply as “SPB” or “Balu”, has more than 1,000 credits as a playback singer – a voice artist who records songs that are later recalled by actors in movies – in languages including Telugu, Tamil, Hindi, English, Bengali and Punjabi.
Balasubrahmanyam was admitted to hospital on August 5 and tested negative for Covid-19 on September 4, Baskaran said.
India has registered more than 5.8 million cases of coronavirus, including 92,290 deaths, since the pandemic began, according to data from Johns Hopkins University.
Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday called for a reduction in “local blockades” of the coronavirus, although the country has the second highest number of reported cases and the third highest number of victims in the world.
In India, individual state governments have the right to exceed restrictions imposed by the federal government, and as cases continue to accumulate in the states, prime ministers have announced partial blockades.
During an online meeting Wednesday, Modi asked prime ministers to reconsider blocking the state or city, which is hampering economic activity. “We need to focus on micro-containment areas that will help reduce the spread of coronavirus and allow life and activity to continue normally. These 1-2-day local blockades and their effectiveness must be studied by each country. This it should not hinder the resumption of economic activity in your states, “he said.