India: Bhangra artist Balwinder Safary has passed away, his family has confirmed. Born in Birmingham’s Punjab, Star was part of the UK’s bhangra scene from 1980 and formed the Safari Boys band in 1990.
In April, Mr Safri went into a coma after suffering brain damage following heart surgery. The 63-year-old was discharged after 86 days at New Cross Hospital, Wolverhampton and taken to a specialist rehabilitation centre.
Tributes have been paid after the news.
“Woke up to such sad news.. RIP to my favourite singer Balwinder Safri ji.. every song was classic.. #Legend #SafriBoyz,” Joti Dhillon said on Twitter.
Another fan added: “Another childhood icon gone; grew up listening to his songs, RIP Balwinder Safri.”
Amrit Saab tweeted: “Another sad news legendary icon singer Balwinder Safri has left us.
“Bahji, you will always be part of our life. We have lots of memories”