Legendary singer Lata Mangeshkar passed away at the age of 92 on Sunday, 6 February. She was admitted to Mumbai's Breach Candy Hospital.
Dr Pratit Samdani, who was treating Mangeshkar, told ANI, "It is with profound grief that we announce the sad demise of LataMangeshkar at 8:12am. She has died because of multi-organ failure after more than 28 days of hospitalisation post COVID19."
Here is the doctor's statement:
After Mangeshkar was admitted at the hospital, Dr Samdani had told The Quint, "Lata Mangeshkar was diagnosed with COVID pneumonia and was admitted in the ICU."
ANI reported that the Government of India has announced two days of state mourning for Lata Mangeshkar's passing. The National flag will flown at half-mast in India on 6 and 7 February. State honours will be accorded to the late singer.
The Indian Express had reported on Saturday, 5 February, that Lata Mangeshkar's health deteriorated and she was critical. Dr Samdani had said that she was undergoing aggressive therapy and was responding to the procedures.
Lata Mangeshkar was born in 1929 in Indore. Her father, Pandit Deenanath Mangeshkar, was a classical singer and theatre actor. Mangeshkar had recorded songs in over a thousand Hindi films. The Dadasaheb Phalke Award was conferred to her in 1989. In 2001, she was awarded the Bharat Ratna. France honoured her with its highest civilian award, the Officer of the Legion of Honour, in 2007.