Bappi Lahiri passed away last night at the age of 69 in a hospital in Mumbai. He was in the hospital for a month. And he was undergoing treatment for several health problems. Dr Deepak Namjoshi, Director, Criticare Hospital told PTI, “Bappi Lahiri was hospitalized for a month and was discharged on Monday. But on Tuesday, his health deteriorated and his family called a doctor to visit his house. He was brought to the hospital. He had many health problems. He died due to OSA (obstructive sleep apnea) shortly before midnight,”
Bappi Lahiri's last rites will be performed at Pawan Hans crematorium on Thursday after his son Bappa's arrival from America.
Bollywood started paying tribute to Bappi Lahiri this morning. Akshay Kumar tweeted,"Today we lost another gem from the music industry. Bappi Da, your voice was the reason for the dance of millions including me. Thank you for the joy you brought through your music. My heartfelt condolences to the family. Calmness." Ajay Devgn tweeted,"Bappi da was very sweet personality. But his music had an edge. He introduced a more contemporary style to Hindi film music with Chalte Chalte, Suraksha, and Disco Dancer. Peace grandfather. You will be missed."
One of the most influential figures in Indian film music, Bappi Lahiri was the header of disco in Bollywood of the 80s and 90s, composing superhit soundtracks for films such as Disco Dancer, Dance Dance, Chalte Chalte, and Namak Halal. He also had extensive music credits in the world of Bengali cinema. Bappi Lahiri, real name Alokesh, also had a brief career as a politician, joined the BJP in 2014. He lost the Lok Sabha elections that year to the Trinamool candidate.