Mumbai: Singer-composer Wajid Khan of music director duo Sajid-Wajid, popular for their work on superstar Salman Khan’s films such as Wanted, Dabangg and Ek Tha Tiger, died in the wee hours of Monday, June 1, in a city hospital due to coronavirus. The 42-year-old singer had underlying kidney issues.
“He died of a cardiac arrest,” Wajid’s brother Sajid told PTI while confirming that the musician had tested positive for COVID-19.
Music composer Salim Merchant, who first confirmed the news of Wajid’s death, said that the composer was hospitalised recently at Surana Hospital, Chembur where his condition deteriorated.
“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. His kidney infection was the beginning and then he got critical,” Salim told PTI.
A source close to the family also confirmed the coronavirus diagnosis. “He had coronavirus. When you already have heart and kidney issues, your immunity is low. His situation worsened in the last few days,” the source added.
The music composer duo made their Bollywood debut with Salman’s 1998 movie Pyaar Kiya Toh Darna Kya and went on to work on actor’s various films including Garv, Tere Naam, Tumko Na Bhool Payenge, Partner and the popular Dabangg franchise.
Wajid also did playback for Salman in chartbusters like Mera He Jalwa, Fevicol Se and for Akshay Kumar in Chinta Ta Chita Chita from the film Rowdy Rathore, among others. He recently co-composed Salman’s songs Pyaar Karona and Bhai Bhai, which the actor released on his YouTube channel.
Wajid along with his brother Sajid served as mentors on the singing reality shows Sa Re Ga Ma Pa 2012 and Sa Re Ga Ma Pa Singing Superstar.
The composer duo also scored the IPL 4 theme song, Dhoom Dhoom Dhoom Dhadaka, which was sung by Wajid.
Soon after the news of the composer’s demise broke, many from the film fraternity took to Twitter to pay tributes.
Actor Priyanka Chopra said she will always remember Wajid.
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
Actor Parineeti Chopra mentioned that Wajid was one of the “nicest” men in the industry. “Always singing. All heart. Always positive. You will truly be missed Wajid bhai,” she tweeted.
Actor Varun Dhawan shared a picture of his filmmaker-father David Dhawan with Wajid and remembered the musician as one of the most positive people in Bollywood.
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
People in the music industry also took to Twitter to express their condolences. Music composer-singer Vishal Dadlani said he was “heartbroken” after hearing the news.
“Both @SajidMusicKhan and @wajidkhan7 have been close & true friends. The kind who might see the light on and show up at our studio in the middle of the night just to meet and talk and share a laugh. Can’t believe Wajid and I will never speak again,” he wrote.
Hard to believe we won’t meet again, talk again, laugh again, @wajidkhan7 (in front, in the picture).
sajidk21 my brother, you will never be alone and our brother will never be forgotten. https://t.co/0v8lsgxVtM
— VISHAL DADLANI (@VishalDadlani) May 31, 2020
Singer-composer Shankar Mahadevan said he was still unable to come to terms with the news of Wajid’s demise in his tweet, “Shocking! Good bye dear brother.. love you .. till we meet on the other side! Prayers for your peaceful journey Wajid bhai”.
Singer Javed Ali, feeling deeply saddened after hearing the shocking news of the sudden demise of Wajid Khan, posted, “May his Soul Rest in Peace. My heartfelt condolences to his family. May Allah give strength to the family.”