Popular Punjabi singer Dharampreet, 38, committed suicide by hanging himself with a ceiling fan at his home in Bathinda on late Sunday night.
According to his mother Balvir Kaur, Dharampreet was upset due to downfall in his career.
“For last few days, he would often say that this fan will take my life,” she said.
On Sunday evening, the singer had returned back after a show in Amritsar. His wife Mandeep Kaur and 11-year-old son were not at home at the time.
According to his mother, Dharampreet did not open the door till 10 am on Monday. She then called neighbours for help who forced open the door to find the singer hanging with the fan.
Dharampreet’s Gurnaib Singh was shocked to hear about the singer’s death. “We were childhood friends. He stayed at my house while coming back from Batala last night. It’s true that he was sensitive persons. But he seemed happy last night. He left my house around 9.15 pm on Sunday,” he said.
Punjabi music industry mourns
As soon as the news broke out, people from the Punjabi music industry expressed shock and grief over the demise of the singer.
Famous poet and movie director from Bathinda, Amardeep Gill, who had also worked with the singer, said: “He was the king of sad songs in Punjab who popularised his own style of singing. He is a big loss to our music industry.”
“Earning fame was not that easy in those days. Dharampreet belonged to a generation of singers who burnt midnight oil to make space in people’s heart,” he added.
Dharampreet’s death has also left songwriter Binder Dhabwali in shock.
“Dharampreet was just like my son. I am not able to understand why he took such an extreme step. There were no such issues,” he said.
Who was Dharampreet?
Coming from a poor family from Bilaspur village in Moga district, Dharampreet released his first audio album in 1993, which soon made him a household name in rural Punjab.
Dharampreet had released around 15 albums over his decade-long career and was exceptionally popular among the rural masses. The singer’s last album titled ‘Emotion of Heart’ was released in 2010. Since then he only confined to performing at local shows.
Dharampreet used to sing in traditional style and never made an attempt to change his style. It was not that he had no work. The singer was getting shows and had a event scheduled on June 18.
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