“The voice of love is gone”: Tributes pour in for singer KK

Eminent singer KK’s sudden demise has left his fans, friends and colleagues in the music industry aghast.

As the news of his sudden death broke, condolences from contemporaries, associates from the film industry, and fans started pouring on social media.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi led the tribute to the popular singer.

“Saddened by the untimely demise of noted singer Krishnakumar Kunnath popularly known as KK. His songs reflected a wide range of emotions as struck a chord with people of all age groups. We will always remember him through his songs. Condolences to his family and fans. Om Shanti,” read Modi’s tweet.

“The sudden and untimely demise of the Bollywood playback singer KK shocks and saddens us. My colleagues have been working from last night to ensure that all requisite support is given for necessary formalities, his rites and to his family now. My deep condolences,” the West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee wrote in her tweet.

Farah Khan shared via Instagram, “You have gone too soon KK.. u were so different and Real .. in a super ambitious industry u stood out for your unfilminess.. #realartist thank you for giving my films your iconic voice.”

Kamal Haasan tweeted in Tamil, “The news of the untimely death of Krishnakumar Kunnath alias KK, who entertained the fans by singing in multiple languages, is shocking. My condolences to the family, friends and fans who lost him.”

Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal tweeted, “Shocked to hear about the sudden demise of renowned singer Shri Krishnakumar Kunnath, fondly known as KK. His voice and songs will stay till eternity. My heartfelt condolences to his friends and family, and fans across the world.”

Lyricist-writer Varun Grover paid a heartfelt tribute to KK, an artist whose songs, he said, were all about loss and vulnerability. “KK was an artist you’d discover in private. His best works were all about personal moments of loss & vulnerability,” he said.

Popular singer and a Padma Shri recipient Sonu Nigam took to Instagram and wrote, “KK mere bhai, not done.”

Award winning singer Singer Shreya Ghoshal tweeted, “I am unable to wrap my head around this news. Numb. #KK Why! This is too hard to accept! Heart is shattered in pieces.”

Singer-songwriter Armaan Malik said he was “extremely sad and devastated”.

“We had been friends for 27 hours. He was a versatile singer and a performer. Cannot imagine he could leave us in this way,” music director Jeet Ganguly added.

“A voice and talent like no other.. They don’t make them like him anymore. Working on the songs he sang was always that much more special. You will always be in our hearts KK and live eternally through your songs. RIP Legend KK #ripkk,” Emraan Hashmi wrote in his tweet.

The singer, whose real name was Krishnakumar Kunnath, performed at a concert organised by a college at Nazrul Mancha in south Kolkata for almost an hour in the evening. He was “feeling heavy” after reaching his hotel, and soon collapsed, officials said. He was taken to a nearby private hospital where doctors declared him brought dead around 10pm, they said.