Singer Raju Punjabi, renowned for his songs in the local language of Haryana, tragically passed away on Tuesday at a private hospital in Hisar. He was 40 years old. News outlets from Haryana shared that Raju had been hospitalized around 10 days prior due to an undisclosed illness. Unfortunately, his health gradually worsened, necessitating ventilator support. While he displayed signs of improvement and was briefly discharged, he was readmitted to the hospital as his health took a downturn.

Raju Punjabi gained fame for his chart-topping tracks like “Desi Desi,” “Aacha Lage Se,” and “Tu Cheez Lajawab.” His latest song, “Aapse Milke Yaara Humko Accha Laga Tha,” was released on August 12.

The singer’s popularity extended beyond Haryana, reaching Punjab and Rajasthan, where he often collaborated with other artists like Sapna Chaudhary.

Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar expressed his condolences on the social media platform X (formerly known as Twitter), stating that Raju Punjabi’s demise is an “irreparable loss” to Haryana’s music industry.

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As per reports, Raju Punjabi’s body will be taken to his hometown of Rawatsar Kheda for the last rites. Currently residing in Azadnagar, Hisar, his family members and well-wishers have started gathering in Hisar following the news of his passing.