Just hours before his death on May 31, the acclaimed 53-year-old singer performed at a concert in Nazrul Mancha, a venue at the Sir Gurudas Mahavidyalaya college in the eastern Indian city of Kolkata.
Tributes to the late singer began to pour out across social media as soon as news of his passing broke, including one from the country’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
Indian actor Akshay Kumar said in a tweet, “Extremely sad and shocked to know of the sad demise of KK. What a loss! Om Shanti.”
Filmmaker Vivek Agnihotri said he was “so sad” to hear of Kunnath’s death, noting that he sang the first song on his first film, and had been a “great friend” ever since.
“Why so early, KK, why? But you have left behind a treasure of a playlist. Very difficult night. Om Shanti. Artists like KK never die,” Agnihotri said.
Kunnath’s first breakthrough role in Bollywood was with the song, “Tadap Tadap Ke” from the movie, “Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam.”
His other popular tunes include “Sach Keh Raha Hai” from the movie “Rehnaa Hai Terre Dil Mein” and the song “Mangalyam,” from the movie, “Saathiya.”
Born in August 1968 in New Delhi, Kunnath graduated from Delhi University’s Kirori Mal College, before jumpstarting his career by singing for jingles for advertisements, according to CNN affiliate, News18.