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Singer S P Balasubrahmanyam critical, on life support

SP Balasubrahmanyam, who was earlier this month admitted to MGM Healthcare in Chennai after testing positive for coronavirus, has been moved to the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) of the hospital.

By: Entertainment Desk | Bengaluru |
Updated: August 15, 2020 6:59:43 am
S P BalasubrahmanyamS P Balasubrahmanyam is on life support. (Photo: S P Balasubrahmanyam/Facebook)

Singer-actor SP Balasubrahmanyam, who was earlier this month admitted to MGM Healthcare in Chennai after testing positive for coronavirus, has been moved to the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) of the hospital. Hospital authorities said SPB is on life support and his condition remains critical.

A statement released by MGM Healthcare reads, “There has been a setback in the health of Thiru S P Balasubrahmanyam who had been admitted at MGM Healthcare for symptoms of COVID since 5th August 2020. In a late night development on 13th August 2020, his condition had deteriorated, and based on the advice of the expert medical team attending to him, he has been moved to the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) and he is on life support and his condition remains critical. He is currently under observation by the team of experts from critical care and his haemodynamic and clinical parameters are being closely monitored.”

Last week, SP Balasubrahmanyam posted a video on Facebook revealing that he has been diagnosed with COVID-19. However, he said the infections were mild in nature and he would be out of the hospital in no time.

“Since 2-3 days I was having discomfort. Chest congestion which for a singer is nonsense. I also had phlegm formation, cold and fever. These three things. Otherwise, I didn’t have any problem. I did not want to take it easy so I went to the hospital to get myself checked. They said it is a mild case of corona. I was asked to stay home and self-quarantine,” SPB said in the video.

And yet he preferred to get hospitalized just to put the mind of his family at ease. “Thank you so much for your concern. Please don’t bother calling me. I am fine. I will be fine,” he added, before ending the video.

As soon as news about SP Balasubrahmanyam emerged online, many celebrities including AR Rahman, Ilaiyaraaja, Chinmayi Sripaada, Dhanush, R Sarathkumar among others prayed for the singer’s speedy recovery.

A.R.Rahman tweeted, “I request all the music fans to pray for this legend along with me ..#SPBalasubrahmanyam ..he has given us so much joy with his amazing voice!”

“Let us hope & pray that the omnipotent’s grace reverses the setback in #SPBalasubramanyam s health & he recovers to enthral us with his beautiful songs. Wishing #SPB speedy recovery,” R Sarathkumar wrote on Twitter. His wife and actor Radikaa Sarathkumar posted, “My prayers to #SPBalasubrahmanyam sir for a speedy recovery.”

Chinmayi Sripaada shared on Twitter, “Praying for SPB sir.”

On Friday night, SP Balasubrahmanyam’s son SP Charan took to Twitter to dismiss rumours about the singer’s demise. Charan tweeted, “The news that is out on #puthiyathalaimurai is not correct. #spb is critical but is in safe hands at #Mgm healthcare. We are all confident that #spb Will be back with all of us sooner than later. Thank you all for your concern and prayers.”

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