Thiruvananthapuram: Popular Malayalam film lyricist Poovachal Khader fell victim to COVID-19 as he died at the Medical College Hospital public hospital, family sources said.
The 72-year-old man had been on treatment for some time and suffered cardiac arrest after midnight on Tuesday.
Over a career spanning more than four decades, he has written lyrics for over 400 Malayalam films for 1,500 Malayalam film songs, some of which have become immortal hits.
Originally from the suburb of the capital Poovachal, it was in 1973 that he entered the Malayalam film industry and was occupied until 2011.
Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan regretted Khader’s death and described it as a huge social loss in the state.
“He will probably be considered the person who wrote the maximum number of lyrics for the film industry. He will be sorely missed, ”said Vijayan.
Every major musician and singer in the state has used his lyrics in addition to working with the biggest hit makers in the Malayalam film industry of yesteryear.
The last rites would take place here later on Tuesday (June 22).
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