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.”
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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 🙏
Safe travels bro @wajidkhan7 you’ve gone too soon. It’s a huge loss to our fraternity. I’m shocked & broken .
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
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
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
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.