Prominent folk singer Asad Abbas, a stalwart in the Pakistani music scene, passed away on Tuesday following a valiant struggle against kidney failure. The demise of the artist responsible for the iconic theme song of the popular drama series “Raqs e Bismil” was confirmed by his sibling, Haider Abbas.
During the preceding night, the distinguished singer lapsed into a coma as his health condition worsened, culminating in his passing on Tuesday. Asad, who significantly enriched the music industry with a series of hit songs, was left severely debilitated by his illness in the days leading up to his demise.
In an interview earlier this year with Daily Pakistan, the celebrated vocalist disclosed his seven-year-long battle with kidney failure, revealing that he had already expended approximately Rs70 million on his medical care. He shared that his family had to liquidate their properties in Lahore and Faisalabad to gather funds for his treatment.
He recounted that a sum of Rs10 million and a Mercedes car, earned from a music competition, were also allocated to his medical expenses. Tragically, he narrated that his mother had succumbed to a heart attack upon learning of his relapse after an arduous and costly treatment.
A recipient of the Pakistan Sangeet Icon and Lux Style Award in music, the singer of “Kadi Aa Mil Sanwal Yar Ve” was grappling with severe financial difficulties due to the escalating costs of his medical therapy before his demise.