Pankaj Udhas Death: Ghazal Legend Was Suffering From Pancreatic Cancer, Confirms Anup Jalota

Pankaj Udhas passes away at 73 and the ghazal legend's close friend Anup Jalota reveals the classical musician was suffering from Pancreatic Cancer

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Pankaj Udhas Death: Ghazal Legend Was Suffering From Pancreatic Cancer, Confirms Anup Jalota
Renowned playback singer and ghazal maestro Pankaj Udhas passed away on Monday (February 26) following an extended period of illness. He was receiving medical care at Breach Candy Hospital and breathed his last at 11 AM. Reports had earlier indicated that he had been diagnosed with cancer a few months ago. ALSO READ: Pankaj Udhas Dies At 73: Five Evergreen Ghazals Of The Music Legend That Will Stay With Us Forever! 

Anup Jalota, a close associate of the late singer, confirmed the news to ABP News, revealing that Udhas had been battling Pancreatic cancer for the past four months. Expressing grief, Jalota shared, “People have lost Pankaj Udhas, but I have lost a very dear friend today. We were friends for 45 years. We used to spend beautiful evenings together. In those days, Pankaj, me, and Talat Aziz were famous. We would work together.” ALSO READ: Pankaj Udhas Passes Away At 72: Legendary Singer Died Due To Prolonged Illness, Family Shares Statement 

He further adds, "The man who helped so many cancer patients, himself died of cancer. That is life. He had pancreatic cancer. I knew this for the last 5 to 6 months, and he stopped talking to me in the last 2-3 months, so I realized that his health was not okay. I feel very sad that this illness took his life."

Anup Jalota took to Twitter to express great loss on the demise of the legendary Ghazal singer. He wrote, "Shocking.... Music legend & my Friend #PankajUdhas passes away. We extend our heartfelt condolences to his Family and loved ones during this difficult time."

The family released a statement expressing their grief, stating, "With a heavy heart, we share the news of the demise of Padmashri Pankaj Udhas on 26th February due to a prolonged illness." The final rites for the singer are scheduled to take place on Tuesday (February 27).
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