Renowned ghazal singer Bhupinder Singh died due to suspected colon cancer and COVID-19-related complications at a hospital in Mumbai on Monday night. He was 82.

“He was admitted to the hospital eight to ten days ago as he had some infection in the urine. After tests were performed, he tested positive for COVID-19. He passed away at around 7.45 pm due to suspected colon cancer and had COVID-19,” his wife Mithalee Singh told PTI.

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In his five-decade-long career, Bhupinder Singh had worked with the biggest names of the music industry, including Mohammed Rafi, RD Burman, Madan Mohan, Lata Mangeshkar, Asha Bhosle, Gulzar to Bappi Lahiri, among others. Some of hits include “Do Diwane Shehar Mein”, “Ek Akela is Shehar Mein”, “Thodi Si Zameen Thoda Aasman”, “Duniya Chhute Yaar Na Chhute” and “Karoge Yaad Toh.”

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Following his death, several people paid tributes on social media. 

“In memoriam #BhupinderSingh ji. A with a voice from a gentler time. Tragically poetic that he should follow Lataji, as he did so beautifully in the song #NaamGumJaayega composed by #RDBurman and written by Gulzarsaab. Unki awaaz hi pehchaan hai, aur hamesha yaad rahegi,” singer Vishal Dadlani tweeted.

Author Gautam Chintamani tweeted, “To call Bhupinder Singh a fine signer would be an understatement. He could take the simplest of words and infuse such life that everything became lyrical. A great bassist, Bhupinder ji’s words and music shall remain a treasure for generations. Alvida Bhupinder Ji.”

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Maharashtra Chief Minister Eknath Shinde also expressed grief over the death of the noted singer.

Shinde, in his condolence message, said, “With the demise of Bhupinder Singh, we have lost an artist whose voice was revered by audiences. His voice made several ghazals immortal and unforgettable. His songs will continue to resonate in the minds of the audiences.”

Singer Harshdeep Kaur took to Twitter and wrote, “Extremely sad news… Rest in Peace Bhupinder Ji. A huge loss to the world of music.”