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KK, or Krishnakumar Kunnath, an Indian singer, died at the age of 53 after a concert in Kolkata, prompting a flood of tributes – and questions

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KK, or Krishnakumar Kunnath, an Indian singer, died at the age of 53 after a concert in Kolkata, prompting a flood of tributes – and questions

The Krishnakumar Kunnath, better known as KK, in the middle of a concert has raised questions about the venue’s arrangements.

Kunnath, 53, was performing at a packed auditorium in Kolkata, the capital of the eastern Indian state of West Bengal, on Tuesday night when he complained of discomfort.

According to local reports, he was rushed to the hospital from his hotel around 10:30 p.m. local time (1700 GMT), where doctors pronounced him dead.

On social media, tributes to the singer poured in, with Prime Minister Narendra Modi and several Bollywood singers and actors expressing their condolences.

“His songs reflected a wide range of emotions, striking a chord with of all ages.” “We will remember him forever through his songs,” Modi said on .

Concerns about arrangements

While the cause of the singer’s death is unknown, and an autopsy is scheduled for later today, questions are being raised about the arrangements at Kolkata’s Nazrul Mancha auditorium, where the air conditioning allegedly did not work properly.

According to NDTV, videos shot by fans at the concert showed the singer “sweating profusely as he took a break to wipe his face.”

According to the report, “at one point, KK was seen gesturing to a man on stage and appeared to be talking about the air conditioning.”

Many people on social media claimed that the auditorium, which seats 2,400 people, was overcrowded.

West Bengal authorities have launched an investigation into the singer’s death.

Kunnath died of a “suspected cardiac arrest,” according to Aroop Biswas, a West Bengal government minister.

However, police are investigating whether he died in a “unnatural death,” with media reports claiming injuries to his face and head.

“We’re also speaking with hotel officials and reviewing CCTV footage to figure out what happened before he was taken to the hospital,” said police official Sanjoy Mukherjee.

‘Too soon gone’

Kunnath had performed at live concerts and sung several songs for Bollywood and music albums.

The versatile singer, who was born in Delhi, recorded songs in Hindi, Tamil, Telugu, Kannada, Malayalam, Marathi, and Bengali, among other languages.

In the 2000s, he had hits such as “Aankhon mein teri” (In your eyes) from the film Om Shanti Om and “Khuda jaane” (God knows) from .

One of the Hindi songs he performed at his most recent concert was “Pal” (Moment), which has the lyrics “whether we live or die, we will remember this moment.”

“I can’t believe such a gifted artist abandoned us in this manner.” “He had two back-to-back shows in Kolkata,” said music composer Anupam Roy.

Fans paid tribute on an post by his management, which included of KK singing in front of a roaring crowd.

“Rest in peace legend, you will always be in our hearts,” one user wrote.

“You left too soon!” exclaimed another.

The Indian film industry has lost a number of luminaries in recent years, including iconic singer Lata Mangeshkar, who died in February this year at the age of 92, and legendary actor Dilip Kumar, who died in 2021 at the age of 98.

The previous year, India lost well-known singer S P Balasubrahmanyam, as well as actors Irrfan Khan, Rishi Kapoor, and Sushant Singh Rajput.

Sidhu Moose Wala, a popular Punjabi rapper in India and among the Indian diaspora in the and Canada, was killed in the northwestern Punjab state on Sunday. The killing, according to police, is linked to organized .

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