Bollywood singer and composer Bappi Lahiri has passed away at age 69.
According to a hospital statement, Bappi, who won the hearts of millions of fans with his love for feet-tapping disco music in the 1980s and 1990s, has died in a Mumbai hospital. He suffered from obstructive sleep apnea and a recurrent chest infection, the statement by Criticare hospital bared. Lahiri shut his eyes in death on Tuesday night.
The Bollywood legend has composed music for dozens of movies starring top superstars, including Amitabh Bachchan, Ajay Devgun and Mithun Chakraborty. His big Bollywood hits include “Chalte Chalte,” “Disco Dancer”, and “Sharaabi.” He also had a good run of major box office hits in Bengali films.
Bappi was also well-known for his unalloyed love for gold chains, which he often wore around his neck mostly for luck. So far, condolences have thronged in from the prime minister and leading Bollywood stars.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi came out to say that Lahiri’s music “was all-encompassing, beautifully expressing diverse emotions. People across generations could relate to his works.”
Actor Ajay Devgun said Lahiri was adorable in person, “but his music had an edge. He introduced a more contemporary style to Hindi film music.”