Noted singer and violnist Balabhaskar passed away after suffering from a massive cardiac arrest in the early hours of Tuesday. He breathed his last at the Ananthapuri Hospital in Thiruvananthapuram, where he was admitted along with his wife, Lakshmi, following a car accident on September 25.
The 40-year-old singer-musician and his family met with an accident at Pallipuram, near his hometown of Thiruvananthapuram. The couple and their two-year-old daughter, Tejasvini were on their way back from a temple trip in Thrissur when the car crashed into a tree.
While the couple was rushed to a nearby hospital, Tejasvini, unfortunately, could not be saved. According to reports, Lakshmi has still not regained consciousness.
Balabhaskar suffered severe head and spine injuries following the accident. Even after multiple surgeries, he had sustained multiple organ failure and was on ventilator. Lakshmi too had sustained multiple fractures in different parts of the body and was on ventilator, but is recovering.
Their driver, Arjun, too was reported to have sustained minor injuries. As per the Mangalapuram police, it was suspected that the driver may have dozed off while driving, causing him to ram into the tree.
Balabhaskar was a noted musician who began his career at the age of 12. He had composed the soundtrack for the Malayalam film Mangalya Pallak, and was the youngest music composer to have worked in the industry. He was known for his unique south Indian fusion music.
He had won the Bismillah Khan Yuva Sangeetkaar Puraskaar in 2008 by Kendra Sangeet Natak Academy for Instrumental Music (Violin).