On Tuesday evening, singer KK died shortly after performing at a college event in Kolkata. Nandita Puri, the late actor Om Puri’s wife, released a note following his death saying, “Kolkata murdered KK.” This was in response to a video of KK wiping his face with a towel and grumbling about the venue’s air conditioning that surfaced online a few hours after his death.
Nandita wrote on Facebook, “Shame on West Bengal. Kolkata killed KK and the government is covering up with a state farewell for their faulty Nazrul Manch; with a crowd of 7k for a 2.5k capacity, failed air conditioning; the singer perspiring profusely complained 4 times to no avail. No paramedics. No first aid. Crucial moments lost. A CBI inquiry is a must and Bollywood should boycott performing in Bengal till then.”
A doctor who performed KK’s autopsy confirmed suspicions that he died of a severe heart attack on Thursday. On the condition of anonymity, they said that the singer had long-term cardiac issues that had gone untreated. According to PTI, the doctor stated, “He had a major blockage in the left main coronary artery and small blockages in various other arteries and sub-arteries. Excessive excitement during the live show caused the stoppage of blood flow leading to cardiac arrest that claimed his life. The vocalist had 80 percent blockage in the left main coronary artery and small blockages in various other arteries and sub-arteries. None of the blockades was 100 percent.”
He went on to say that KK would still be alive today if CPR had been performed on time. He said, “During Tuesday’s performance, the singer was walking around and at times dancing with the crowd which created excessive excitement that caused the stoppage of blood flow leading to cardiac arrest. As a result, KK fell unconscious and had a cardiac arrest. If CPR had been given immediately, the artiste could have been saved.”