The nation is left in shock after Bappi Lahiri passed away at the age of 69. As per reports, the music composer breathed his last in Mumbai’s CritiCare hospital. Lahiri suffered from obstructive sleep apnea as the doctors revealed in their statement. Bollywood has lost another legendary singer after Lata Mangeshkar who passed away a few days ago on February 6. Did you know that Bappi Lahiri had a special connect with Lata Mangeshkar and he believed that he would have been swept away if she would have not supported him?
In a 2012 interview with ETimes, Bappi had said, “I was 4 when in the Eden Garden locality of Kolkata where we lived, Lataji came home and blessed me. I still have a picture of me sitting in her lap. She sang many Bangla songs for my father (Aparesh Lahiri) who was a well-known composer in Kolkata. From then on she has supported me. She sang my first composition in a Bengali film Daadu. If she hadn’t sung for me, I’d have been swept away by the competition.”
He added, “My first big Bollywood hit score was Aamir Khan’s father Tahir Hussain’s Zakhmee. In that Lataji sang Abhi abhi thi dushmani and Aao tujhe chand pe le jaaon. Both big hits. That film also had the Asha-Kishore duet Jalta hai jiya mera bhigi-bhigi raaton mein which was a rage. Then there were melodies in the films Chalte Chalte and Aap Ki Khatir (which had the chartbuster Bambai se aaya mera dost) which are hummed to this day. That’s how it all began for me.”
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Meanwhile, As per the Doctor’s statement which was shared by ANI, Bappi suffered Obstructive sleep apnea, “Bappi Lahiri was suffering from Obstructive Sleep Apnea & recurrent chest infection. He was hospitalised in Criticare Hospital, Juhu for 29 days with this. He recovered well & was discharged home on Feb 15: His doctor Dr Deepak Namjoshi. However, after a day at home, his health again deteriorated & he was brought back to Criticare hospital in a critical state & succumbed to his illness at about 11.45 pm. He suffered from Covid infection last year. He had OSA for the last 1 year: Dr Deepak Namjoshi.”
The last rites of Bappi Lahiri will take place on Thursday after his son Bappa returns from USA.