Wajid Khan laid to rest in private funeral after he succumbed to coronavirus at 42

The composer was admitted at a Chembur Hospital, where his condition deteriorated.

Wajid Khan of Sajid-Wajid fame passes away at 43
NEW DELHI: Music director Wajid Khan, known for his compositions for Salman Khan's popular movies such as 'Wanted', the 'Dabangg' franchise and 'Ek Tha Tiger', was laid to rest at a Versova cemetery in presence of close friends and family members.

The music composer passed away on Monday morning in a Mumbai hospital at 42 due to coronavirus complications leading to kidney issues.

A source close to the family revealed to news agency PTI that Khan was buried around 1 PM. Because of the coronavirus-induced lockdown, only 20 people were allowed to attend the funeral with police security and barricades. "Only close family, including brother Sajid and friends from the industry were present," the sources said.


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Soon after the news of the composer's demise broke, many from the film fraternity took to Twitter to pay tributes.

His brother Sajid confirmed to the news agency that the musician had tested positive for Covid-19, and died of cardiac arrest.

In an interaction with PTI, music composer Salim Merchant also revealed that the singer-composer was admitted in Chembur's Surana Hospital a few days ago where his condition deteriorated.

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"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. Kidney infection was the beginning and then he got critical," Salim said in his statement to PTI.

Merchant also took to Twitter to express grief over the death of his 'brother'. Wishing him safe travels, he said Khan's death is a huge loss to the film fraternity.



Soon after the news broke, many from the fraternity took to the micro-blogging site to pay tributes.

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Actress Priyanka Chopra said she will always remember Wajid's smile.


Actress Parineeti Chopra recalls the most-beautiful memory with Wajid - singing with him under the Taj Mahal during sunset. In another post, she said that he was one of the "nicest" men in the industry.
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Actor Varun Dhawan shared a picture of his filmmaker-father David Dhawan with Khan, and said that he was close to the family.


Music composer-singer Vishal Dadlani said he was 'heartbroken' after hearing the news.


In an Instagram post, Dadlani assured Wajid Khan's composer-brother Sajid that he will never be alone.


Singer-composer Shankar Mahadevan said he was unable to come to terms with the news of Wajid's demise.


Singer Javed Ali said he was deeply saddened after hearing the shocking news.


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 mentor on singing reality shows 'Sa Re Ga Ma Pa 2012' and 'Sa Re Ga Ma Pa Singing Superstar'.

The composer duo also scored IPL 4 theme song, 'Dhoom Dhoom Dhoom Dhadaka', which was sung by Wajid.

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2019 has left a void in our hearts.

From Bollywood veterans and Hollywood celebrities to political stalwarts, we lost several personalities over the span of one year.

While big names like politicians Arun Jaitley, Sushma Swaraj and fashion designer Karl Lagerfeld lost their lives after battling prolonged illnesses, others like businessman VG Siddhartha and actor Kushal Punjabi succumbed to their mental health struggles.

Here's a look at all the influential figures we bid adieu to this year, but they continue to stay in our hearts.

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The actor who was last seen in popular TV series 'Ishq Mein Marjawan' left a one-and-a-half page suicide note, specifying that nobody should be held responsible for his death. In his letter, he wrote that 50 per cent of his property should be distributed equally among his parents and sister, while the remaining 50 per cent be given to his three-year-old son Kian.



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He is well-known for his roles in Marathi plays such as 'Natsamrat' and 'Himalayachi Saoli', and V Shantaram's 'Pinjra' made him popular.



In Bollywood, Lagoo essayed memorable roles in films like 'Ek Din Achanak', 'Gharonda', 'Muqaddar Ka Sikandar' and 'Laawaris'. He played Gopal Krishna Gokhale in Richard Attenborough's 'Gandhi'.

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Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes, who put British cuisine on the map, passed away from a head injury after collapsing in his Dubai home at the age of 59 on November 26. His family confirmed that after a nice meal with family he suddenly collapsed and died due to subdural haematoma, bleeding between the skull and brain.



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Veteran actor Shaukat Kaifi Azmi's demise was a loss for Indian theatre and cinema. Shabana Azmi's mother, who was last seen in Shaadi Ali's 'Saathiya', passed away on November 22 in her early '90s due to age-related ailments in Mumbai.



The stage thespian, along with her husband and celebrated Urdu poet and film lyricist Kaifi Azmi, was a leading light of the Indian People's Theatre Association and the Progressive Writers Association, which were the cultural platforms of the Communist Party of India.



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The veteran Telugu actor, Geetanjali, passed away after suffering a heart attack at the age of 72 on October 31 in Hyderabad.



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He was also a part of popular movies like 'Qayamat Se Qayamat Tak', 'Ventilator', and the famous 1993 TV sitcom 'Zabaan Sambhalke' that had veteran actor Pankaj Kapur, and Khote's sister, Shubha, in the cast.

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A lawyer and politician, the multi-faceted Arun Jaitley passed away on August 24, leaving a void in the ruling party - Bhartiya Janta Party (BJP).



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