A 62-year-old Gurbani singer who won a Padma Shri award died of coronavirus in Punjab early this morning. Nirmal Singh was a former ”Hazuri Raagi” at Golden Temple and a celebrated artiste. He died in Amritsar at around 4.30 am.
He had been put on a ventilator yesterday. “His risk factor increased due to his bronchial asthma,” KBS Sidhu, Special Chief Secretary, Punjab Disaster Management (COVID-19) said.
Nirmal Singh had recently returned from abroad and was admitted to hospital after he complained of breathlessness and dizziness on March 30.
According to officials, he had held a large religious gathering in Delhi, Chandigarh and some other places after his return. Along with his family members and relatives, he had also performed a “kirtan” at a house in Chandigarh on March 19.
His two daughters, son, wife, a driver and six others who were with him have been isolated at a hospital.