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New Delhi, June 1: The 90s kids have been shell-shocked with the passing away of Krishnakumar Kunnath or KK for his fans. The voice of romance, separation, grief, lamentation fell silent on Tuesday night in Kolkata.

Rehna Hai Tere Dil Mein was the fulfilment of the romantic desires of the 90s kids. Madhavan was the love hero, and he struck chord with the audience with the melody of KK.

Tadap Tadap ke…in Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam again was the love anthem of the college going boys who found the expression of their love-grief in the voice of KK.

“With a singer like KK, it slowly dawns on you that his songs (Tamil, in my case) were such milestones in your growing up. The evocativeness of Uyirin Uyire. The inncense of Kadhal Valarthen. The grief of Ninaithu Ninaithu. The cheer of Love Pannu,” tweeted Sudhir Srinivasan, a film critic, in his homage to KK.

The legendary singer, who was born and brought up in Delhi, died of a massive heart attack in Kolkata after a live concert. The videos and claim of the staffs at the auditorium have shaken the KK fans, as it has been alleged that the crowd was excessive, double in size in fact, and the bouncers had even used the fire extinguishers on the audience to control them.

It has also been stated that KK had profusely been sweating, and was visibly exhausted after the concert. He was first taken to the hotel and then to a hospital where he eventually passed away. It has also been alleged that the organisers had no proper arrangements of doctors or paramedics at the auditorium. The summer of Kolkata is excruciating for many, as humidity sweats out people.

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“Ideally, he should not have been made to walk. Sublingual nitrate should have been immediately given. Any chest pain radiating to left arm, back or jaw should be treated with utmost care,” tweeted Dr Pragya Shukla to the viral video of KK briskly walking out of the auditorium. She added that the singer should have immediately been taken to any nearest health facility and time shouldn’t have been wasted for a fancy hospital.

But the singer is no more, and the nation has gone in mourning. The West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee ordered giving gun salute to the mortal remains of the singer at the Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose airport as a mark of respect.

KK had gone to St. Mary’s School in Delhi and also to Kirori Mal College in Delhi University. Born to a Malyali family, his life in Delhi made him a master of several languages, as he sang in Hindi, while being the popular Tamil singer.

He sang hundreds of jingles, before he made musical debut with his album ‘Pal’. This has been a college anthem for years, with students humming ‘yaron dosti badi hi haseen hain’. That was the decade of MTV music.



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