Indian singer KK given gun salute at Rabindra Sadan in Kolkata

Krishna Kumar Kunnath passed away on Tuesday night while performing in Nazrul Mancha auditorium.

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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.

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.”

Akshay Kumar tweeted, “Extremely sad and shocked to know of the sad demise of KK. What a loss! Om Shanti.”

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.

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”.


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.

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