Bappi Lahiri’s death came as a shock to the music industry and the film fraternity at large, coming less than ten days after Lata Mangeshkar’s death. Bappi Lahiri’s final rituals commenced in Mumbai on Thursday morning, as tributes continued to stream in. Amitabh Bachchan, for example, wrote a touching homage to the famous vocalist.
Taking to his blog, Big B wrote, “Bappi Lahiri .. music director extraordinaire passes away .. shocked and surprised and in the misery of these tragic events of ‘passing’ in the rapid succession of times .. his songs of films with me are and shall I believe remain eternal .. they are played hummed sung along in these modern generation times with alacrity and rejoice .. and the ability of his sense of success with a particular moment, untethered .. checking in to board a flight at Heathrow from London to home and a gentle tap on your shoulder, ‘your this film is going to be very successful and the song I just gave, shall be remembered for ages’ ..”
Amitabh Bachchan further added, “he was right .. and learning the graphs of some, at his modest home , in rehearsal, an even greater experience ..slowly they all leave us .. good night dearests .. it nears the hour of 2 am and the (sleep emojis) it colludes to perform well..”
Several prominent Bollywood personalities, including Amitabh Bachchan, remembered Bappi Lahiri and his magic.
When Bappi Lahiri died, he was 69 years old. Obstructive Sleep Apnea was the cause of his death. While the family waits for his musician-son Bappa Lahiri to come from the United States, singer Bappi Lahiri will be cremated on Thursday morning at Pawan Hans Crematorium, stated action director Mahendra Verma. His mortal remains are currently kept at his Juhu home.
Dr Deepak Namjoshi, who was treating the veteran musician told PTI “Lahiri had been admitted to the hospital for a month and was discharged on Monday (January 14). But his health deteriorated on Tuesday and his family called for a doctor to visit their home. He was brought to the hospital. He had multiple health issues. He died due to OSA (obstructive sleep apnea) shortly before midnight.”