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Singer S.P. Balasubrahmanyam critical, under observation at hospital

Playback singer S.P. Balasubrahmanyam. File  

Singer S.P. Balasubrahmanyam, who had been admitted in a hospital after testing positive for COVID-19 last week is on life support and his condition is said to be ‘critical’.

MGM Healthcare, where he had been admitted, said in a health bulletin that there had been a major setback in the singer’s health condition. “In a late night development on August 13, his condition had deteriorated and based on the advice of the expert medical team attending to him, he has been moved to the ICU. He is on life support and his condition remains critical," the bulletin said.

The hospital has also said that he is currently under observation by the team of experts from critical care and his haemodynamic and clinical parameters are being closely monitored.

After he was admitted, the veteran singer had put out a video saying that he had chest congestion for a few days, along with cold and fever, that led him to get tested. He had tested positive for a 'mild' case of COVID-19 and the hospital had then said that he had mild symptoms.

In his video, Mr Balasubrahmanyam assured friends and fans that he was doing well and that nobody needed to worry about him. At that time he had said that he expected to be discharged in a few days since his symptoms were mild.

Messages to public

As rumours pervaded social media about SPB’s health, his son S.P. Charan and his long time associate music composer Illaiyaraaja sent out messages to the public

“He is in ICU under ventilation and his condition is stable. We will keep you updated about his progress regularly,” said Charan, and asked people not to believe in rumours.

“Please get up and come soon. I'm waiting for you,” said Ilaiyaraaja in a video message. He spoke about their friendship and how it started much before their association in cinema. “Music can't part ways with swarams and our friendship is like that — we can never be apart,” he said.

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