Famous Indian Singer Krishnakumar Kunnath popularly known as KK, passed away in Kolkata on 31-May. The 53-year-old singer who delivered several hit songs over the last three decades performed a live show at Nazrul Mancha on Tuesday and went to his hotel (Esplanade) after the show and collapsed.
He suffered a heart stroke and was immediately rushed to a Calcutta Medical Research Institute (CMRI) hospital around 10.30 PM local time where he was declared dead.
Power Minister of West Bengal Arup Biswas said, “Singer Anupam Roy called me up and said he is hearing something bad from the hospital. Then I contacted the hospital. They said he was brought dead. Then I rushed to the hospital.”
KK passes away shortly after his live concert in Kolkata
The singer also shared pictures from his concert at Kolkata’s Nazrul Mancha via his official Instagram handle on May 31, a few hours before his untimely death.
Who was KK?
KK was a versatile singer and recorded his songs not only in Hindi but also in other Indian languages like Tamil, Telugu, Kannada, Malayalam, Marathi, and Bengali.
In his professional career spanning more than three decades as a playback singer, he delivered many hits like “Yaroon Dosti”. “Aasman Ke”, “Dekho Na”, “Yeh Kahan Mil Gaye Hum” and “Rain Bhai Kaari (Maajhi)”. His songs were often played during school and college farewells and at other teen cultural events.
He was born in the year 1968 in Delhi. He studied at Mount St Mary’s School and graduated from Delhi-based Kirori Mal College. Post completion of his studies he started his career as a marketing executive only to quit six months later. In 1994, he decided to relocate to Mumbai.
He sang the “Josh of India” song in 1999 for the support of the Indian Cricket Team during the Cricket World Cup.
KK was inspired by legendary singer Kishore Kumar and music director R. D. Burman. He was also a great fan of international singers like Michael Jackson, Billy Joel, Bryan Adams, and Led Zeppelin.
Career as a Playback Singer
He presented his demo tape to Louis Banks, Ranjit Barot, and Leslee Lewis in 1994 to try his luck in the field of music. He got an opportunity from UTV to sing a jingle for Santogen Suiting advertisement.
He went to sing more than 3,500 jingles in different languages in a short span of four years.
KK got a big break as a playback singer with legendary singer A. R. Rahman in the hit song “Kalluri Saaley”. He got his big Bollywood break in 1999 when he sang the “Tadap Tadap” song from Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam (1999).
Social Media flooded with Tributes
Famous personalities from the film industry, well-wishers, and fans flooded social media with their tributes and condolence messages who are in a state of shock with this news.
Saddened by the untimely demise of noted singer Krishnakumar Kunnath popularly known as KK. His songs reflected a wide range of emotions as struck a chord with people of all age groups. We will always remember him through his songs. Condolences to his family and fans. Om Shanti.
— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) May 31, 2022
Filmmaker Srijit Mukerji took to Facebook to pay tributes to the departed soul by sharing a video and writing, “In a state of total shock. Just met him last month for the first time and it seemed that we had known each other for years. Farewell, my newest friend. Will miss you. I wish we could have had more sessions on music and food and cinema.”
Bollywood actor Akshay Kumar tweeted, “Extremely sad and shocked to know of the sad demise of KK. What a loss! Om Shanti”.
Extremely sad and shocked to know of the sad demise of KK. What a loss! Om Shanti 🙏🏻
— Akshay Kumar (@akshaykumar) May 31, 2022
Singer Harshdeep Kaur expressed shock at his death saying, “Just can’t believe that our beloved #KK is no more. This really can’t be true. The voice of love has gone. This is heartbreaking.”
— Harshdeep Kaur (@HarshdeepKaur) May 31, 2022
We are equally shocked to hear the devastating news of the singer KK’s death and offer our condolences to his family and friends!