Mumbai: Legendary singer-composer Bhupen Hazarika, who wove a magical tapestry out of traditional Assamese music and lyrics, died here on Saturday following a prolonged illness.

"It was a multi-organ failure. The end came around 4.30 pm," Jayanta Narayan Saha, in-charge of media relations at the Kokilaben Dhirubhai Ambani Hospital here, told the news agency.

A file photo of legendary singer-composer Bhupen Hazarika who passed away after a prolonged illness

He had an infection and was on medical support and dialysis.

Hazarika’s health deteriorated on 23 October, after he developed pneumonia. He had to undergo a minor surgery whereby doctors placed a food pipe into his system.

The balladeer who composed his own lyrics and music last lent his voice to the film Gandhi To Hitler, where he sang Mahatma Gandhi’s favourite bhajan Vaishnav jan.

Hazarika was regarded as one of the greatest living cultural communicators of South Asia. He had been a poet, journalist, singer, lyricist, musician, filmmaker and writer.

The Padma Bhushan awardee had celebrated his birthday this year in the ICU of the hospital on 8 September when he cut a cake and fans sang his favourite numbers.

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