Lata Mangeshkar, the legendary singer, has passed away at the age of 92. The Bharat Ratna awardee tested positive for coronavirus with mild symptoms and was admitted on January 8 to the intensive care unit (ICU) at Breach Candy Hospital, where she was being treated by Dr Pratit Samdani and his team of doctors.
Her condition had improved in January, and she had been taken off the ventilator, but on Saturday, her health deteriorated. As soon as word of her tragic death spread, Bollywood stars took to social media to express their grief. Akshay Kumar and Paresh Rawal were among the first to comment on the news.
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Akshay Kumar wrote- “Meri Awaaz Hi Pehchaan Hain, Gar Yaad Rahe…and how can one forget such a voice! Deeply saddened by the passing away of Lata Mangeshkar ji, my sincere condolences and prayers. Om Shanti”
Paresh Rawal tweeted ‘Numb’
Sharing a picture of Lata Mangeshkar, tollywood actor Allu Arjun wrote: “It’s a sad day . End of an era as the Nightingale of India #LataMangeshkar ji is no more. She will continue to live in the hearts of people through her songs forever . My deepest condolences to the near and dear . May her great soul rest in peace”
Shreya Ghoshal tweeted- “Feeling numb. Devastated. Yesterday was Saraswati Puja & today Ma took her blessed one with her. Somehow it feels that even the birds, trees & wind are silent today. Swar Kokila Bharat Ratna #LataMangeshkar ji your divine voice will echo till eternity. Rest in peace. Om Shanti.”
Sunny Deol pens down his condolences- “So sad to hear that Lataji is no more, going to miss her so much.End of an Era! Lataji,Nightingale of India,whose voice hs made generations sing,dance & cry wil forever feed our emotion.Heartfelt condolences to Ashaji,family & friends.Nation wil miss her. Om Shanti #LataMangeshkar“
Singer and Music Producer A.R. Rehman wrote- “Love, respect and prayers”
Anusha Sharma pens down- “‘God speaks through beautiful voices’ Sad sad day for India as our nightingale leaves her mortal body. Lataji’s voice has immortalised her for ever. She will live in our hearts through her music. My deepest condolences to her family, friends and fans. RIP Lataji”
Ajay Devgn writes- “An icon forever. I will always savour the legacy of her songs. How fortunate were we to have grown up listening to Lataji’s songs. Om Shanti. My deepest condolences to the Mangeshkar family”
Vivek Oberoi wrote- “Woke up to this terrible news of Lata ji passing away. Her melodies will continue to remain in our hearts forever. Om Shanti”
South superstar Mahesh Babu writes- “Deeply saddened by Lata Mangeshkar ji’s demise. A voice that defined Indian music for generations… Her legacy is truly unparalleled. Heartfelt condolences to the family, loved ones and all her admirers. Rest in peace Lata ji. There will never be another.”
Anil Kapoor tweets- “Heartbroken, but blessed to have known & loved this incredible soul…Lataji holds a place in our hearts that will never be taken by anyone else. That’s how profoundly she has impacted our lives with her music. May she rest in peace & light up the heavens with her brightness”
Raveena Tandon wrote- “A monumental loss to the nation… I was one of those few lucky ones who had the honour of her singing for me for my first film.. you will live forever in our hearts and souls #latamangeshkarji Om Shanti”