Musician Balabhaskar, who was injured in an accident a week ago, died on Tuesday morning, The Hindu reported. The violinist was 40 years old. His two-year-old daughter was killed in the accident while his wife Lakshmi and a friend were critically injured and are still in hospital.
On September 25, the family was returning after offering prayers at a temple in Kerala’s Thrissur district, when their car hit a tree just outside the state capital of Thiruvananthapuram.
Balabhaskar suffered a cardiac arrest around 1 am on Tuesday, according to PTI. He had suffered massive injuries and undergone a surgery after the accident.
His body will be kept at a college in Thiruvananthapuram for his fans to pay their respects. His last rites are expected to take place later on Tuesday.
Balabhaskar had composed music for films such as Mangalyappallak, Panchajanyam, Paattinte Paalaazhi, Moksham, and Kannadikkadavath. He had also released some albums and performed at stage shows.
Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan was among those who mourned the musician’s death. “This incident, which comes a week after the death of his daughter Tejaswini, has caused immense sadness to all Malayalees,” he said. “With the passing away of Balabhaskar, who was active in the music field for almost a quarter of a century, the music world has lost a talented artist.”