Mumbai: Celebrities including megastar Amitabh Bachchan, Lata Mangeshkar, Sonu Nigam and Shreya Ghoshal mourned the demise of Aadesh Shrivastava, calling his death a great loss to music lovers.
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The singer-composer, who was battling a relapsed cancer, passed away in Kokilaben Dhirubhai Ambani hospital here in the wee hours today. He was 51. Aadesh had been undergoing cancer treatment at a hospital for over 40 days.
Leading the Bollywood tributes was Bachchan, who collaborated with Aadesh in films like "Baghban" and "Baabul", besides a Hanuman Chalisa album.
"Aadesh Shrivastava passed away.. I lived my music with him.. I live without him now.. And perhaps my music too," Bachchan posted on his blog.
Mangeshkar wrote, "I am deeply saddened to hear about the demise of composer Aadesh Shrivastava. May his soul rest in peace."
In a series of twitter posts, Nigam remembered his closest friend and frequent collaborator, as someone who was always full of life.
"He was one of my closest friends and we have done some remarkable work together. Beyond all that, we would hit it like a house on fire.
"He was so full of life, I have yet to see another man who has his traits. My heart wrenches in grief for having lost a friend, a brother," the singer tweeted. Kher and Ghoshal took to twitter to express their condolences.
"RIP Aadesh Ji. Heartbreaking news. You went away too soon," Ghosal posted, while Kher said, "How helpless we all are in Supreme's world, prayers RIP #aadeshshrivastava and family to bear this irreparable loss."
Veteran actor Anupam Kher called Aadesh a wonderful person, writing, "I am so saddened to know about the demise of Music Director Aadesh Shrivastav. He was a wonderful person. Always smiling and always helpful. RIP."
Actress Sushmita Sen thanked the late composer for his amazing music. "A warrior who always hit the right note!! Thank you for gracing our lives and filling it with warmth and amazing music!! God speed #AadeshShrivastava," she posted. Sad.. Very Sad News- RIP Aadesh Shrivastava - will always remember you for your music, big smile & a warm hug," actor Riteish Deshmukh posted.
"This Janmastami Is not Happy for Bollywood, because R.I.P. #AadeshShrivastav," singer Arijit Singh tweeted.
"Ambarsariya" hitmaker Sona Mohapatra added, "Musician, composer Aadesh Shrivastava lost his battle with cancer some hours ago. Sad, depressing news. Strength to his friends and family."
Music composer-singer Vishal Dadlani said, "Saddened to hear of the untimely demise of Aadesh Shrivastava. Condolences to his family, and may they find the strength to bear this loss."