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Tributes have been paid to Pakistani singing legend Mehdi Hassan who has died of multiple organ failure aged 84.
The singer, hugely popular in India as well, was admitted to the Agha Khan Hospital in the southern port city of Karachi a few days ago.
TV channels broadcast live from the hospital and hundreds of fans gathered there on learning of his death.
Hassan’s career spanned 50 years. He came to be known as “king of ghazals”, traditional laments for lost love.
Ghazal, a genre of music specific to South Asia and parts of the Middle East, has been around for more than 400 years.
Hassan – whose funeral will be on Friday – also achieved huge commercial success, providing music for many South Asian films.
Legendary Indian singer Lata Mangeshkar once likened his songs to the “voice of god”.
On learning of his death, Pakistani Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani called Hassan “an icon who mesmerised music lovers” in Pakistan and the sub-continent for decades, AFP news agency reports.