Popular playback singer KK died on Monday night, leaving his fans shocked in India as well as abroad. His real name was Krishnakumar Kunnath, reportedly. He fell ill right after the live event at South Kolkata’s Nazrul Manch. He was immediately rushed to CMRI hospital, where the doctors declared him dead.
He was known for some of Bollywood’s biggest hits, like ‘Pal’ and ‘Yaaron’. His songs became a cult among teens in the late 90s, and his voice was common at school and college farewells as well as teen cultural events.
What is going on ???? Now KK??? Pls tell me it’s not true !!!
— SONAL CHAUHAN (@sonalchauhan7) May 31, 2022
“There is a certain energy an artiste gets when he or she is on stage. No matter what one’s condition is, once I am on stage, I forget everything and simply perform,” KK had said in his memoir on his official website, The Mesmerizer.
Deeply saddened by the sudden demise of singer Krishnakumar Kunnath. He was a humble & talented Singer, #KK's music will always remain forever alive in our hearts. May his departed soul be blessed. #RIPkk pic.twitter.com/zmGR7kud4S
— Salman Nizami (@SalmanNizami_) May 31, 2022
KK has sung in various Indian languages like Hindi, Malayalam, Tamil, Telugu, Kannada, Bengali, etc. Expressing condolences, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said KK’s “songs reflected a wide range of emotions as struck a chord with people of all age groups”. Tributes poured in from other celebrities ranging from cricketers to film stars.
Tragic to hear about the passing away of KK after falling ill while performing in Kolkata. Another reminder of how fragile life is. Condolences to his family and friends. Om Shanti. pic.twitter.com/43B3dzykP3
— Virender Sehwag (@virendersehwag) May 31, 2022
Extremely sad and shocked to know of the sad demise of KK. What a loss! Om Shanti 🙏🏻
— Akshay Kumar (@akshaykumar) May 31, 2022
Emraan Hashmi was especially trending on Twitter following KK’s death as fans recalled the glory of the actor-singer jodi. There’s no denying Emraan Hashmi’s most popular songs have vocals by the eminent singer and the actor-singer combination never failed to woo fans. From ‘Zara Sa’ to ‘Beetein Lamhein’, there were numerous KK songs picturized on Emraan Hashmi. Twitter users took a trip down memory lane and fondly remembered the “good old days”.
It's Shocking that you gone too soon #kk you I'll be forever in our hearts, #EmraanHashmi x kk duo was amazing and thanks for providing us such amazing songs, rest in peace legend 😭😭💔#RIPLegend#RIPKK pic.twitter.com/BAYYc6tWQX
— Javeriya (@Javeriya99) June 1, 2022
— Nirbheek Narayan Agrawal (@NirbheekA) June 1, 2022
This song will be forever fav..💗💯☑️
— sumit lohan (@SuM1tLohan) June 1, 2022
Since my childhood days you've made me a music lover, I still remember how much I tried to learn from u & used fetch my voice to match with your songs… Then being a die hard #EmraanHashmi fan you made me too much attached to you Sir 😭😭 I'll miss you terribly 😭😭😭 #KKforever pic.twitter.com/JebzWJYxpv
— Samapti Roy (@RoySamapti) May 31, 2022
Netizens claim that the Nazrul Manch auditorium in South Kolkata was overcrowded and the heat became unbearable during the concert. While Nazrul Manch has a capacity of about 2,400, many claimed that about 7,000 people had entered the venue where KK was performing for a college fest.
— ISHU/ISSUE | Taylor n KR$NA Stan (@IshuhasAnissue) May 31, 2022
A video showed the singer sweating profusely as he took a break to wipe his face. Other voices in the video were heard saying, “Bohot zyada garam hai “. At one point, KK was seen gesturing to a man on stage and seemed to be talking about keeping ventilation through air-conditioning.
#BreakingNews unbelievable, Popular singer Krishnakumar Kunnath aka KK passed away while performing live in Kolkata right now. His first song which made me a fan was Pal. This is so tragic and sad. Rest in peace, condolences and prayers with the family.
— Rohan S Mitra (@rohansmitra) May 31, 2022
The cause of the legend’s death is still unknown and everyone is waiting for the post-mortem report. Sources claim that the police have registered “unnatural death”.
References: NDTV, Janata Ka Reporter
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