"Appa (Father) passed away at 01:04 pm. His name shall prevail as long as his songs exist and he will live in our hearts as long as we have you (his fans)", announced a teary-eyed Charan, son of legendary playback singer SP Balasubrahmanyam who had been hospitalized for the past one-and-a-half months after testing positive for Coronavirus COVID-19.
SPB's fans and well-wishers who had been monitoring his health updates were left devastated at the news and many have been paying their respects on social media platforms. Tweets from Tamil, Telugu film industry where SPB predominantly worked listed below:
It’s a real sad day for everyone .. True legend .. RIP sir .. pic.twitter.com/l9meCRlJx2— ravi k. chandran (@dop007) September 25, 2020
அன்னைய்யா S.P.B அவர்களின் குரலின் நிழல் பதிப்பாக பல காலம் வாழ்ந்தது எனக்கு வாய்த்த பேறு.— Kamal Haasan (@ikamalhaasan) September 25, 2020
ஏழு தலைமுறைக்கும் அவர் புகழ் வாழும். pic.twitter.com/9P4FGJSL4T
I am what I am because of the countless hit songs you have blessed your voice with, will miss talking to you anna. God bless your soul- Prabhu Ganesan 🙏— Vikram Prabhu (@iamVikramPrabhu) September 25, 2020
Remembering all the sweet memories I shared with you uncle. You always had the sweetest things to say🥺
Legend #Ripspb sir 🙏 pic.twitter.com/srLDOSnUBG
Some losses can’t be expressed in words...Shri SPB garu was & will always remain an Eternal Legend & an Icon-inspiring generations...50yrs of his unique, God-given gift is still too short a time for this world. He has gone too soon...🙏🏻🙏🏻🙏🏻 #RIPSPB— Gautami Tadimalla (@gautamitads) September 25, 2020
Dearest SPB sir,— Trish (@trishtrashers) September 25, 2020
This feels like such a personal loss💔
I am honoured and proud to have been part of films in which you sung.
Thank you for the music🎶🙏🏻
Legends are forever.
The greatest artist of our time has left us. Sincere condolences to SPB sir’s family, friends and the countless fans. Your music will stay with us as a treasure sir. #RIPSPB— Santhosh Narayanan (@Music_Santhosh) September 25, 2020
We are extremely saddened to learn the unfortunate demise of the Padma Bhushan, Shri S.P. Balasubrahmanyam, National Award winner legendary singer. Our heartfelt condolences to his family & prayer for the departed soul. #SPbalasubramanyam #ripspb pic.twitter.com/xcObHCKzeC— Ministry of Culture (@MinOfCultureGoI) September 25, 2020
Over 40,000 songs in 15 languages. 6 National Awards in last 5 decades. Padma Shri & Padma Bhushan Award Recipient. You will live forever in our hearts through your euphonious voice sir. The world will miss you forever 🙏— INOX Leisure Ltd. (@INOXMovies) September 25, 2020
Rest in peace #SPBalasubrahmanyam #RIPSPB #INOX pic.twitter.com/bu5L9PQsUh
Indian Music has lost its favourite son. Devastated! In a Legendary career spanning over five decades,Padma Bhushan S.P Balasubrahmanyam Garu has breathed life into over 40,000 songs. As long as music exists in this universe, you will live on sir 🙏🏻— Jr NTR (@tarak9999) September 25, 2020
Unable to process the fact that #SPBalasubramaniam garu is no more. Nothing will ever come close to that soulful voice of his. Rest in peace sir. Your legacy will live on. Heartfelt condolences and strength to the family 🙏— Mahesh Babu (@urstrulyMahesh) September 25, 2020
I am shocked to learn that our ever smiling SPB garu is no more. This loss to our fraternity is unimaginable. My deepest condolences to his entire family. pic.twitter.com/PJ4Wxk8uiA— Ram Charan (@AlwaysRamCharan) September 25, 2020
Rip SPB sir 💔💔the voice which will echo in everyone’s house forever, a family member in every household. Ur voice and U will continue to live with us for generations to come. My condolences to his family and dear ones. Thank you sir for everything sir. you will be dearly missed— Dhanush (@dhanushkraja) September 25, 2020