A voice for the ages, legendary singer SP Balasubrahmanyam is no more with us. The 74-year-old acclaimed singer-actor had passed away on Friday at 1.04PM at the MGM Healthcare hospital in Chennai after being admitted for testing COVID-19 positive on August 5. The six-time National Award-winning singer, lovingly called by fans as SPB, was laid to rest with full police honors at his Thamaraipakkam farmhouse in the Tiruvallur district on Saturday. Fans, celebrities and reputed personalities from around the world have been sharing their condolences and paying their tributes at the demise of a voice that has been heard for over five decades in more than 40,000 songs. 

On Saturday, a number of notable Tamil film celebrities and popular names from South Indian cinema paid their last respects in person to SP Balasubrahmanyam among whom were Tamil Nadu politician Ma Foi K. Pandiarajan, veteran director Bharathiraja along with son Manoj Bharathiraja, 'Thalapathy' Vijay, 'Action King' Arjun, comedy actor Mayilsamy, composer Devi Sri Prasad and many others. Many have also shared fond memories of their association with SPB over the course of his illustrious career, who went on to be conferred with the Padma Bhushan in 2011 and Padma Shri in 2001 from the Government of India. 

Now, actress Nayanthara has released a statement honoring SP Balasubrahmanyam, who is survived by his wife Savithri and two children - daughter Pallavi and son SPB Charan. Nayanthara stated, "The divine voice is no more. S P Balasubramaniam sir was the voice of all seasons and voice of all reasons. Generations across, we had all our emotions connected by the only & one voice of 'S P Balasubramaniam sir'. It is hard to believe that you are no more to entertain us, but you leave your eternal voice to be with us. Even at this juncture of mourning, our search to emote ends only in your song. Such was your presence. You had worked tirelessly over the years to entertain us and we give you a tearful farewell to rest in peace. My heartfelt condolences to your family, friends, colleagues and the countless millions of fans across the world."