Ustad Ghulam Mustafa Khan, the legendary classical musician, and Padma Vibhushan awardee dies at the age 89 at his residence in Mumbai on Sunday afternoon (January 17, 2021).Also Read - Chhattisgarh and Haryana governors meet Narendra Modi

Khan’s daughter-in-law, Namrata Gupta told the news agency PTI that the veteran musician breathed his last at 12:37 pm on Sunday afternoon at his Bandra residence. She was quoted as saying, “Today morning he was fine. We had a 24 hour nurse at home. During his massage he vomited and I ran immediately his eyes were shut and he was breathing slowly. I tried connecting to doctors and when they came he had already died.”

She further stated that the family is in shock due to the legendary musician’s sudden demise as he was keeping well. He was going to turn 90-years-old on March 3. In 2019, he suffered a brain stroke that left his left side of the body paralysed.

Namrata also shared the news of Khan’s demise on Facebook. The post reads, “With a very heavy heart, I inform you all that my father,-in law the pillar of our family and a legend of our nation, Padma Vibhushan Ustad Ghulam Mustafa Khan sahab has left for his heavenly abode few mins ago.”

With a very heavy heart, I inform you all that my father,-in law the pillar of our family and a legend of our nation,…

Posted by Namrata Gupta Khan on Sunday, January 17, 2021

Later this evening, Khan’s last rites will be performed at Santacruz Kabrasthan.

Soon after Khan’s demise, his collaborators from the Indian music industry including legendary singer Lata Mangeshkar and music composer AR Rahman took too social media to pay tributes to the maestro. Ustad Amjad Ali Khan said Khan”s passing away has left him heartbroken.

Born on March 3, 1931, in Badaun in Uttar Pradesh, Khan was the eldest son among four brothers and three sisters. His father Ustad Waris Hussain Khan was the son of celebrated musician Ustad Murred Baksh, while his mother Sabri Begum, was the daughter of Ustad Inayat Husain Khan, founder of the Rampur-Sahaswan gharana of music. Khan got his classical music training from his father and later studied music under his cousin, Ustad Nissar Hussain Khan. He was awarded the Padma Shri in 1991, followed by Padma Bhusan in 2006 and Padma Vibhushan in 2018.

With inputs from PTI!