NEW DELHI, Jan 9: Music maestro Ustad Rashid Khan, who was undergoing treatment in a private hospital in Kolkata, passed away on Tuesday evening at the age of 55 due to prostate cancer.
He is survived by his wife, two sons and a daughter.
“We tried our best but failed. He passed away at around 3:45 p.m.,” an official of the private hospital where Khan was admitted said. The classical singer, who belongs to the Rampur-Sahaswan Gharana, was the great-grandson of gharana founder Inayat Hussain Khan.
“I heard about his death. This is a great loss for the entire country and the entire music fraternity. I am in a lot of pain as I still can’t believe that Rashid Khan is no more,” West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee who reached the hospital on hearing about his death, said while standing beside his family members.
The Chief Minister said Khan would be given a gun salute and State honours before his last rites were performed on Wednesday. “His body will be kept at a mortuary today. It will be taken to Rabindra Sadan on Wednesday where his admirers can pay him last respects,” she said.
The musician was on ventilation. His health condition deteriorated following a cerebral attack last month.