Singer KK, popularly known as Krishnakumar Kunnath, passed away on Tuesday night at the age of 53. He performed in the iconic Nazrul Mancha auditorium till 8:30 pm. He suddenly fell ill and returned to his hotel. When his condition deteriorated, he was rushed to the CMRI hospital in Kolkata, where he was declared dead.
He was performing his timeless number Pal, hours before his death and the audience waved their mobile phones with the flashlights, on, as KK put up an electrifying performance of this 1990s hit.
One case of unnatural death has been registered. His post-mortem is likely to take place today after getting his family’s consent. His family is expected to take his mortal remains back to Mumbai. The ace musician is survived by his wife and two kids.
Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and celebrities including Akshay Kumar, Armaan Malik, Rahul Vaidya, Munmun Dutta, Harshdeep Kaur, and Shekhar Ravjiani expressed their grief on Twitter, calling it a black year in Indian music.
“His songs reflected a wide range of emotions as (they) struck a chord with people of all age groups. We will always remember him through his songs,” Modi said on Twitter.
Saddened by the untimely demise of noted singer Krishnakumar Kunnath popularly known as KK. His songs reflected a wide range of emotions as struck a chord with people of all age groups. We will always remember him through his songs. Condolences to his family and fans. Om Shanti.
— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) May 31, 2022
Rahul Vaidya wrote, “I hear singer KK just passed away. GOD, what is happening!!?? I mean WHAT IS HAPPENING. One of the nicest humans kk sir was gone too soon at 53. Beyond shocked. RIP sir.”
I hear singer KK just passed away. GOD what is really happening!!?? I mean WHAT IS HAPPENING. One of the nicest humans kk sir was. Gone too soon at 53.Beyond shocked. RIP sir.
— RAHUL VAIDYA RKV (@rahulvaidya23) May 31, 2022
Akshay Kumar tweeted, “Extremely sad and shocked to know of the sad demise of KK. What a loss! Om Shanti.”
Extremely sad and shocked to know of the sad demise of KK. What a loss! Om Shanti 🙏🏻
— Akshay Kumar (@akshaykumar) May 31, 2022
Singer Armaan Malik called it a “black year for Indian music” on the micro-blogging site whereas actor Abhishek Bachchan thanked him for sharing his talent with everyone.
Black year for Indian music. Lata didi, bappi da, sidhu paaji and now KK sir. These losses.. all of them feel so personal.
— ARMAAN MALIK (@ArmaanMalik22) May 31, 2022
Bollywood’s Ajay Devgn also sent out condolences and mentioned how the music he sang was associated with his films and that his loss “seems much more personal”.
It seems so ominous. The news of KK’s death that too right after a live performance is terrible. He sang for films I was associated with, so his loss seems that much more personal.
Prayers & condolences to his family🙏 pic.twitter.com/HOOjgs4tY5
— Ajay Devgn (@ajaydevgn) May 31, 2022
In utter shock. Just heard about KK . Someone please tell me it's not true
— Pritam (@ipritamofficial) May 31, 2022
Born in Delhi in 1968, KK began his career singing advertising jingles – he sang more than 3,500 of them before getting his big break in film music – and went on to perform in several Indian languages, including Tamil, Telugu, and Kannada. But it was his work in the Hindi music industry that made him the voice of a generation.