Lata Mangeshkar is a recipient of the Bharat Ratna, Padma Vibhushan, Padma Bhushan and Dadasaheb Phalke Awards, was an icon of Indian cinema, having sung playback for an extensive list of Hindi films.
Mangeshkar made her name in the world of Bollywood and her voice has rung out on television sets, on crackly airwaves and from movie theatres for most of independent India’s three quarters of a century, earning her the title “the Nightingale”.
Lata Mangeshkar was taken to the intensive care unit on January 8 after testing positive for COVID-19. On Saturday, her condition had deteriorated again and she had to be put on ventilator support. She was under medical observation. Lata Mangeshkar was being treated for both pneumonia and COVID-19. Her symptoms were mild but she was in ICU because of her age. Over the next few weeks, Lata Mangeshkar showed signs of improvement. However, on Saturday, hospital authorities said that Lata Mangeshkar had been put back on the ventilator after her health deteriorated.
Mangeshkar died on Sunday morning of multi-organ failure after more than 28 days of hospitalization post COVID-19, said Pratit Samdani, who was treating her at Mumbai’s Breach Candy Hospital.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi was among the first ones to share the sad news and said he is “anguished beyond words”. Other Bollywood personalities and politicians also paid tribute. “The voice of a million centuries has left us,” veteran actor Amitabh Bachchan said.