Delhi: Noted musician, singer and lyricists Bhupen Hazarika, 85, who was admitted in the ICU at Mumbai’s Kokilaben Dhirubai Ambani Hospital, breathed his last at 04: 37 pm today.
Hazarika was hospitalized four months ago in June owing to a chest infection and was later on transferred to the ICU.
Hazarika was on ventilator support and was undergoing dialysis. Over the last couple of days, his kidneys were not functioning properly. Hazarika’s health deteriorated after a bout of pneumonia on October 23.
Remembering Hazarika, filmmaker Kalpana Lajmi, his partner of 39-years said, “He was not just a singer but a great social reformer. He brought eastern India and Bangladesh on the world map. There will be never another Bhupen Hazarika again.”
A Dadasaheb Phalke award and Padma Bhushan winner, Hazarika, who hailed from Assam was known for his rich baritone and sang in many Indian languages, including Hindi, Bangla and Assamese. The legendary singer had last lent his voice for the film 'Gandhi to Hitler'.
On 8th September, Bhupen Hazarika celebrated his 85th birthday.