Singer SPB’s Health Deteriorates, ‘Extremely Critical’: Hospital

“His condition in the last 24 hours has deteriorated further warranting maximal life support.”

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S.P. Balasubrahmanyam had tested COVID-19 positive some time back.

In an unfortunate turn of events, the health of veteran playback singer and actor SP Balasubrahmanyam (SPB) has worsened. On Thursday, 24 September, a press release from Chennai’s MGM hospital said that SPB, who has been under treatment since 5 August, is extremely critical.

The press release said, “His condition in the last 24 hours has deteriorated further warranting maximal life support and he is extremely critical. The team of experts at MGM Healthcare are closely monitoring his health condition.”

On 22 September, his son, SP Charan, who has been giving regular updates about his father’s health, had posted on Instagram that the singer was recovering well and was eager to leave the hospital. “Dad continues the steady progress towards getting better,” he said, adding that the singer was still undergoing treatment.


On 7 September, Charan announced that SPB had tested negative for coronavirus. The 74-year-old even celebrated his wedding anniversary at the hospital over the weekend. Even so, Charan had added that his father’s lungs still needed to improve.

He had earlier said in an update that SPB was listening to music at the hospital and was showing progress. The film industry had also come together, asking fans to play the singer’s songs and pray for his speedy recovery.

Towards the end of August, SPB was said to be stable, though he was on ventilator support and on ECMO. “His current clinical condition is stable. He is conscious, responsive and participating in passive physiotherapy. He continues to be closely monitored by our multidisciplinary clinical team,” read the update from 28 August.

The singer was admitted to the hospital on 5 August, where he tested positive for coronavirus. He had posted a video on his official Facebook page, informing his fans about his COVID-19 test and assuring them that he is in good hands.

(This story was first published in The News Minute and has been republished with permission.)

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