Wajid Khan of Sajid-Wajid fame, Bollywood's most beloved music composer and singer, passed away earlier today in Mumbai. He was 42. According to media reports, Wajid tested positive for COVID-19 a few days ago and also underwent a kidney transplant a few months ago. Wajid had reportedly been on a ventilator after being hospitalised recently.
Singer Sonu Nigam confirmed the news and shared it on his Twitter handle. He wrote, "My brother Wajid left us." Music director Salim Merchant in his statement to a media publication said that Wajid was admitted to Surana Hospital, Chembur and his health was deteriorating, “He had multiple issues. He had a kidney issue and had a transplant a while ago. But recently he got to know about kidney infection...he was on the ventilator for the last four days, after his situation started getting worse.”
Actor Salman Khan's new songs 'Bhai bhai' and 'Pyaar Karona' composed during the lockdown were Wajid Khan's recent and last work. The composer duo Sajid-Wajid, sons of legendary tabla player Ustad Sharafat Hussain Khan, made their debut in Bollywood in 1998, scoring a song in Salman Khan starter Pyaar Kiya To Darna Kya. The duo shot to fame after they worked with Salman for Dabangg in 2010.
B-Town celebrities expressed their grief over social media. Fellow music composers, singers and actors from the industry have taken to social media to express their grief. Here's what they are saying:
Devastated with the news of the passing away of my brother Wajid of Sajid -Wajid fame. May Allah give strength to the family 🙏— salim merchant (@salim_merchant) May 31, 2020
Safe travels bro @wajidkhan7 you’ve gone too soon. It’s a huge loss to our fraternity. I’m shocked & broken .
Inna Lillahi wa inna ilayhi raji'un
Very sad news for us all.. the most talented Singer and Composer who has given so many hits to the industry my big brother @TheSajidWajid just left us ..May Allah bless his soul, Rest in peace. Love you always and miss you brother. Your music is evergreen.. pic.twitter.com/jjGclJEc5d— King Mika Singh (@MikaSingh) June 1, 2020
T 3548 - Shocked at the passing of Wajid Khan .. a bright smiling talent passes away .. duas , prayers and in condolence 🙏🙏🙏— Amitabh Bachchan (@SrBachchan) June 1, 2020
Terrible news. The one thing I will always remember is Wajid bhai's laugh. Always smiling. Gone too soon. My condolences to his family and everyone grieving. Rest in peace my friend. You are in my thoughts and prayers.@wajidkhan7— PRIYANKA (@priyankachopra) May 31, 2020
shocked hearing this news @wajidkhan7 bhai was extremely close to me and my family. He was one of the most positive people to be around. We will miss u Wajid bhai thank u for the music 🎵 pic.twitter.com/jW2C2ooZ3P— Varun Dhawan (@Varun_dvn) May 31, 2020
Wajid Bhai you were the nicest, nicest nicest man! Always smiling. Always singing. All heart. Every music session with him was memorable. You will truly be missed wajid bhai. 🧡🧡 #WajidKhan— Parineeti Chopra (@ParineetiChopra) May 31, 2020
I used to call him my brother from another mother. Besides being unbelievably talented he was so gentle & sweet. I’m so heartbroken that I did not get to say Goodbye my sweet @wajidkhan7 I will miss you & our jam sessions forever. Till we meet again #RIP #WajidKhan #Gonetoosoon pic.twitter.com/RAq0pqHJwY— Preity G Zinta (@realpreityzinta) June 1, 2020
#RIPWajidKhan your music will always live on...deepest condolences to the family and loved ones ....gone too soon.....❤️🙏— Karan Johar (@karanjohar) June 1, 2020
Wajid Khan's passing has come at a time when B-Town is still grieving the loss of its brightest stars--Irrfan Khan and Rishi Kapoor. As a singer, Wajid recorded many hit songs, including Do you wanna partner and Soni de nakhre from Partner, Hud hud Dabangg from Dabangg, Tujhe Aksa Beach from God Tussi Great Ho and Jalwa from Wanted.
RIP, Wajid Khan.
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