NEW DELHI – Popular Bollywood singer and songwriter, Bappi Lahiri, who won over millions of fans with his penchant for disco music in the 1980s and 1990s, has died in a Mumbai hospital, according to a hospital statement . He was 69 years old.
Lahiri suffered from obstructive sleep apnea and a recurrent lung infection, according to the Criticare Hospital statement. Lahiri died on Tuesday evening.
He has composed the music for dozens of films starring A-list stars including Amitabh Bachchan, Ajay Devgun and Mithun Chakraborty. His major Bollywood hits included “Chalte Chalte”, “Disco Dancer” and “Sharaabi”. He also had a string of major box office hits in Bengali films.
He was also known for his love of gold chains, which he often wore around his neck for good luck.
Condolences poured in from the prime minister and major Bollywood stars.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi said Lahiri’s music “was all-encompassing, beautifully expressing various emotions. People of all generations could identify with his works.
Actor Ajay Devgun said Lahiri was endearing in person, “but his music had an edge. He introduced a more contemporary style to Hindi film music.
Lahiri had spent a month in hospital before returning home on Monday. He was again rushed to hospital on Tuesday as his condition deteriorated, the Press Trust of India news agency reported.
He suffered from a COVID-19 infection last year, according to the hospital statement.
Lahiri also had a brief stint in politics. He joined the Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata party in 2014 but lost a parliamentary seat which he contested for the party in Srerampur in the state of West Bengal in national elections.
Lahiri is survived by his wife Chitrani Lahiri and a son and a daughter.