Dailybhaskar.com | Last Modified - Jan 13, 2012, 10:03 AM IST
New Delhi: India-born legendary Ghazal singer Mehdi Hassan died on Friday at a private clinic in Pakistan's Sindh's provincial capital Karachi, according to reports emerging from Pakistan.
The 84-year-old singer was admitted to the ICU on Wednesday following respiratory problems.
Hassan, the voice behind evergreen ghazals like Ab ke bichade and Patta patta boota boota, was on Thursday put on a ventilator after he collapsed due to respiratory problems.
The ghazal legend has been ill for the last few years due to a serious lung condition that has led to complications and breathing problems.
The legendary singer, who was born into a family of traditional musicians at Luna village in Rajasthan in 1927 and the voice behind evergreen ghazals like 'Ab ke bichade' and 'Patta patta boota boota, had recently lost his voice due to his illness.
Hassan remains a hugely popular Ghazal singer in the Indian sub-continent because of his background as a gharana trained classical singer. He cut back on his performances in the late 80s due to illness.
Born in Rajasthan, his family migrated to Pakistan during Partition.
The singer last performed in India in 2000. He wanted to visit India in 2010 for treatment and wished to meet Lata Mangeshkar, Dilip Kumar and Amitabh Bachchan.
The visit could not take place and his earlier planned visit in 2008 was also cancelled in wake of Mumbai attack.
(With PTI inputs)