Bollywood’s film industry reacted with shock, disbelief and surprise to the news that KK, a popular playback singer, had died at 53 years old.
“In utter shock. Just heard about KK. Please tell me that it isn’t true,” Pritam, music director, tweeted. He was expressing the feelings of many fans of the singer.
Vishal Dadlani stated, “The tears won’t stop. What a man he was. He was a great voice, a wonderful person, and a true human being. #KK is FOREVER !!!”
Krishnakumar Kunnath (or KK) began his career in 1996. He gave the world hits like ‘Tadap Tadap’ from Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam’, ‘Dus Bahane’ from?Dus and ‘Kya Mujhe Pyaar Hai’ from Woh Lamhe, among others.
Actor Manoj Bajipayee stated: “It is so so heartbreaking!” A talent with grace & dignity! A true gem of a person! He has been a friend for many years. This loss will be difficult to deal with. Condolences to his family & friends!! #RIPKK SPEECHLESS!!”
Ajay also wrote that “it seems so ominous. It’s terrible to learn of KK’s death after a live performance. It seems more personal that he sang for films with which I was also associated. RIP #KrishnakumarKunnath. Prayers & condolences to his family.”
Armaan Malik tweeted “Extremely sad, devastated.” Another tragic loss for us all. I can’t believe that our KK sir has passed away… What is the point? It’s too much.
KK was born in Delhi, 1968. He studied at Mount St Mary’s College and Kirori Mal College. After his first album “Pal”, which became a hit, KK was made famous. The title song, which has remained a perennial favorite at all farewells and is available in many languages including Hindi, Tamil Telugu Kannada and Bengali, was recorded.
The following were among those who grieved KK’s passing:
Munmun Dutta, TV actress: “It’s shocking beyond words… for every music lover like myself. GOD, what’s the matter? It’s so unpredictable in life.”
Former cricketer Virender S. Sehwag: “Tragic hearing about the passing of KK after falling ill performing in Kolkata. Another reminder about how fragile life can be. We send condolences to his loved ones.”
Sonu Kakkar, Playback Singer: “Just heard about the KK!” Oh, God! I can’t believe it! RIP KK
Actress Dia Mirza: “KK… You always filled my heart full of love… “The most kindest human being and the best soulful voice.”
Actor Vivek Oberoi says, “Can’t believe KK has gone. It’s a sad time for everyone. His voice was always a favorite and his songs were a treasured memory. Thank you for ‘O Humdum Suniyo,’ I will always think of my brother every time I hear it. Today, we have only your voice and your memories. Heaven has heard your music. Om Shanti!
Singer Rekha Bhardwaj tweeted: “I am numbed� KK� our KK� simply cannot process it� This is unfair� KK will miss your laughter vibrancy your songs and mostly you� forever�”
KK posted photos from his concert on Instagram about 10 hours prior to his death. His family and many close friends were shocked to learn of his death.
Vicky Kaushal says: “Your magical voice is going to live on forever.” Your timeless songs are a blessing.
Sonu Nigam: “KK is mere bhai. It’s not done.”
Shreya Ghoshal: “I cannot wrap my brain around this news. Numb. #KK Why! It is hard to believe! “My heart is broken into pieces.”
Mohit Chauhan is KK’s contemporary, a member of the generation that made Indipop popular in the ’90s. “KK… Not fair man.” It’s not your time to go. This was our last chance to announce a tour together. You can’t just go. In shock. In grief. A friend and a brother are gone. RIP KK. We love you.”
Harshdeep, a singer who had collaborated with KK for songs like Sajde’ said her shock: “Just cannot believe that our beloved #KK has gone.” This is simply not possible. The voice that was once loved has disappeared. This is so heartbreaking.