NEW DELHI (AP) — Famed playback singer Manna Dey, who recorded nearly 4,000 songs in his Bollywood career, has died in a Bangalore hospital. He was 94.
K. Vasuki, an official of the Narayana Institute of Cardiac Sciences, says Dey was hospitalized in May and was being treated for renal infection. He died early Thursday.
Dey's mastery in singing classical music-based songs enthralled millions of music lovers. He started his singing career in 1942.
His death was being mourned by millions of fans. Bollywood superstar Amitabh Bachchan tweeted his condolences, saying "Strange how we connect events of our life with his songs."
The Indian government honored him with the top civilian Dadasaheb Phalke Award in 2007.