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‘Singer SP Balasubrahmanyam On ECMO, But Vitals Are Satisfactory’: MGM Hospital Issues Health Bulletin

SP Balasubrahmanyam At The 'Gurkha' Audio Launch

Singer-actor SP Balasubrahmanyam who was admitted to MGM Healthcare Hospital, Choolaimedu, on August 5 owing to mild symptoms of COVID19, has been on life support for the past week after his health deteriorated on the night of August 13. Amidst rumours and prayers, his son, singer-actor-producer SP Charan has been updating the public regularly to avoid unwarranted speculations about the Padma Vibushan’s health condition.

The latest is that the singer is receiving Extracorporeal Membrane Oxygenation (ECMO) treatment apart from being on life-support. The hospital has issued a health bulletin stating the same. It also added that the singer’s vital parameters are satisfactory at this point.

For the past three days, the singer has been stable but has been deemed critical by the doctors and healthcare experts. He is also conscious and has been gradually improving by the day. His clinical parameters are being carefully monitored and his breathing has seen significant improvement since the drop in his health.


SPC also dismissed rumours that SPB has been taken off the ventilator. He said he’s in the same condition and that prayers from all over India have been helping him pull through gradually. Earlier, he said that the singer will return to normal soon, but the process would be a slow and steady one.

Here is the latest video from SP Charan.

Ever since the singer has been admitted, prayers have been pouring in from all over India. Top actors, producers, directors, composers, singers, fans, and the film fraternity, in general, along with politicians, PROs, and music labels have been constantly praying for the recovery of the singer.

This includes composer Ilaiyaraaja, AR Rahman, Thaman, Deva, Harris Jayaraj, actors Rajinikanth, Kamal Haasan, Mohan, Chiranjeevi, Anil Kapoor, Manobala, Pawan Kalyan, Parthiepan, Keerthy Suresh, Radhika Sarathkumar, producers Suresh Kamatchi, DVV Danayya, directors Bharathiraja, Radha Krishna Kumar, Subramaniam Shiva, singers KS Chithra, Anirudh Ravichander, Shashaa Tirupati, and several others.

The MGM hospital staff has reportedly been playing the songs of the singer at the premises to keep his spirits up and help him in his process of recovery.


Tomorrow actors Rajinikanth, Kamal Haasan, composers Ilaiyaraaja and AR Rahman, director Bharathiraja and lyricist Vairamuthu have planned to organise a mass prayer session for the singer and are inviting music lovers and the film fraternity for the same. They will be playing his songs from their respective places from 6 pm – 6.05 pm and pray for his recovery. It is noteworthy that a similar prayer was organised when actor-politician MGR was hospitalised.

Earlier, on Independence day, composer Gangai Amaren, the Tokyo Tamil Sangam, and other world Tamil sangams had united calling the film fraternity too to pray for the singer. Singer Surmukhi Raman had also joined the prayers.

Singer SP Balasubrahmanyam, born on 4 June 1946, has recorded over 40,000 songs in 16 Indian languages and holds the Guinness World Record for the same. He has bagged six National Film Awards for Best Male Playback Singer for his works in Tamil, Kannada, Telugu, and Hindi while also garnering several other awards for his work across India. The Padma Shri and Padma Bhushan began his career in 1966 with the 1967 Telugu film Sri Sri Sri Maryada Ramanna, that saw SP Kodandapani as the composer.