Eminent singer Lucky Akhand has passed away.
He breathed his last on Friday evening at his Armanitola residence in the capital at the age of 61.
“He breathed his last on Friday evening. Doctors declared him dead around 6:30pm” said Ershadul Haque Tingku, who used to look after the singer for past few months.
The legendary singer of Bangladesh returned to his house in Dhaka’s Armanitola last week after a two-and-a-half month long stay at the hospital.
On Friday afternoon, he was rushed to Mitford Hospital as his condition deteriorated.
Lucky Akhand was diagnosed with grade-IV lung cancer in 2015.
Born in 1955 in Old Dhaka, Lucky was enlisted as a music composer of HMV Pakistan when he was barely 14 and a musician of HMV India at 16.
In 1971, he joined Swadhin Bangla Betar Kendra, a radio station that throughout the Liberation War remained engaged in supporting the Liberation War against the Pakistan occupation forces and kept up the morale of Freedom Fighters through patriotic songs.
Lucky Akhand started his career in independent Bangladesh with self-titled solo album ‘Lucky Akhand’ in 1984 under the banner of Sargam.
Some of his notable songs are ‘Agey Jodi Jantam’, ‘Amay Dekona’, ‘Mamonia’, ‘Ei Neel Monihar’ and ‘Hridoy Amar’.
He won the first prize in “Modern Bangla Songs” category from the Pakistan Art Council in 1969.
Meanwhile, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has expressed deep shock at the death of the noted singer.
In a condolence message, she prayed for eternal peace of the departed soul and conveyed sympathy to the bereaved family members.