Music director-singer Wajid Khan of famous composer duo Sajid-Wajid passed away at the age of 42 on Monday in Surana hospital, Chembur, Mumbai, due to complications from a kidney infection. His brother Sajid confirmed to news agency PTI that the musician had tested positive for COVID-19, and died of cardiac arrest. A source close to his family told PTI, “He had coronavirus. When you already have heart and kidney issues, your immunity is low. His situation worsened in the last few days.”
The news of his demise was confirmed by singer Salim Merchant. “He had multiple issues. He had a kidney issue and had a transplant a while ago. But recently he got to know about Kidney infection. He was on ventilator for the last four days, after his situation started getting worse. Kidney infection was the beginning and then he got critical,” Salim said in his statement to PTI.
Wajid Khan was the son of Ustad Sharafat Ali Khan, a tabla player. He along with his brother Sajid had composed songs for many superhit films like Pyar Kiya To Darna Kya, Partner, Ek Tha Tiger, Tere Naam, Welcome, the Dabbang franchise, and many more. Wajid was also a judge on Sa Re Ga Ma Pa and Sa Re Ga Ma Pa’lil champs in 2018.
Many Bollywood celebrities expressed their condolences and mourned Wajid’s death through social media. Priyanka Chopra tweeted, “The one thing i will always remember is Wajid Bhai’s laugh. Always smiling. Gone too soon.” Amitabh bachchan also expressed his condolences, “Shocked at the passing of Wajid Khan. A bright smiling talent passed away.. duas, prayers and in condolence.”
T 3548 – Shocked at the passing of Wajid Khan .. a bright smiling talent passes away .. duas , prayers and in condolence 🙏🙏🙏— Amitabh Bachchan (@SrBachchan) June 1, 2020
Terrible news. The one thing I will always remember is Wajid bhai's laugh. Always smiling. Gone too soon. My condolences to his family and everyone grieving. Rest in peace my friend. You are in my thoughts and prayers.@wajidkhan7— PRIYANKA (@priyankachopra) May 31, 2020
shocked hearing this news @wajidkhan7 bhai was extremely close to me and my family. He was one of the most positive people to be around. We will miss u Wajid bhai thank u for the music 🎵 pic.twitter.com/jW2C2ooZ3P— Varun Dhawan (@Varun_dvn) May 31, 2020
Wajid Vil always love, respect, remember n miss u as a person n ur talent, Love u n may your beautiful soul rest in peace …— Salman Khan (@BeingSalmanKhan) June 1, 2020
Shocked and saddened to hear about the untimely demise of #WajidKhan, talented and ever-smiling…gone too soon. May God give strength to his family in this difficult time 🙏🏻— Akshay Kumar (@akshaykumar) June 1, 2020
Devastated with the news of the passing away of my brother Wajid of Sajid -Wajid fame. May Allah give strength to the family 🙏— salim merchant (@salim_merchant) May 31, 2020
Safe travels bro @wajidkhan7 you’ve gone too soon. It’s a huge loss to our fraternity. I’m shocked & broken .
Inna Lillahi wa inna ilayhi raji'un