Singer-composer Wajid Khan of music director duo Sajid-Wajid died in early hours of Monday in Mumbai due to complications arising from a kidney infection, which included cardiac arrest and Coronavirus infection.
According to music composer Salim Merchant of the Salim Suleiman duo, the 42-year-old had multiple complications. “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. Wajid had also undergone heart surgery in 2018 after his arteries got blocked.
Wajid Khan’s wife and kids outside the Versova cemetery
Interestingly, the popular music composer and he was laid to rest next to late Irrfan Khan’s grave who passed away on April 29 after a year-long battle with cancer.
Sajid-Wajid began their journey in Bollywood as music composers with Salman 1998 film Pyaar Kiya Toh Darna Kya and continued to work with the actor throughout their career, including Hello Brother, Partner, Hello, God Tussi Great Ho, Wanted, Veer, Tumko Na Bhool Paayenge, Tere Naam, Mujhse Shaadi Karogi, Ek Tha Tiger, and the Dabangg franchise.
Ironically, his last song was Bhai Bhai for Salman Khan that the actor released to spread harmony and peace in the times of COVID-19.
Mourning the death of his long-time collaborator and friend, Salman tweeted, “Wajid, will always love, respect, remember and miss you as a person and your talent. Love you and may your beautiful soul rest in peace.”
Salman’s brother Arbaaz Khan, who stars in the Dabangg series of films and also directed the second part, remembered Wajid Khan in an Instagram post, “RIP Wajid bhai. You will be deeply missed. The music industry has lost a gem. Gone too soon. My heartfelt condolences to the grieving family and friends.”
Wajid was the son of tabla player Ustad Sharafat Ali Khan, and was two years younger to brother Sajid Khan. He’s survived by wife Yashmin Khan and two children – a son and a daughter.
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Wajid Khan also a singer. He has sung some popular numbers like Do You Wanna Partner, Soni De Nakhre, Tujhe Aksa Beach Ghuma Doon, Love Me (Wanted), Hud Hud Dabangg, Chinta Ta Ta Chita Chita, Mashallah and Fevicol Se. He had also sung the IPL 4 theme song Dhoom Dhoom Dhoom Dhadaka. The multi-talented genius had also penned songs like Le Le Mazaa Le (Wanted) and Zor Nache and Desi Mem (Kamaal Dhamaal Malamaal).
Dabbang indeed! Wajid Khan’s last video while battling multiple ailment at Surana Hospital in Chembur, Mumbai.He was on the ventilator for the last four days, after his situation started getting worse.