KK, whose real name was Krishnakumar Kunnath, was a singer-composer who died in Kolkata at the age of 53.
He was in city for a two-day concert when he became ill during one of the events. He was rushed to the hospital and pronounced dead. He died of a heart attack, according to reports.
KK is one of the most versatile singers in the Indian film industry, having recorded songs in Hindi, Tamil, Telugu, Kannada, and Bengali, among other languages.
He is best known for songs such as “Zindagi Do Pal Ki” from Kites, “Aankhon Mein Teri” from Om Shanti Om, “Khuda Jaane” from Bachna Ae Haseeno, and “Tadap Tadap” from Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam, to mention some.
From his 1999 album Pal, KK was known as the heartfelt multilingual singer behind Hindi songs like “Yaaron” and “Pal.” Following its inclusion in the soundtrack for the coming-of-age film Rockford, the song “Yaaron” received a spike in popularity.
Across languages, he collaborated with Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy, A.R. Rahman, Anu Malik, Pritam, Harris Jayaraj, Gurukiran, and others.
The untimely death of noted singer KK has saddened Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi. His songs reflected a wide range of emotions and resonated with listeners of all ages. “Through his songs, we will always remember him,” he added.
Just after KK’s death, a lot of celebrities from the Indian music industry paid heartfelt tributes to the popular playback singer.