Malayalam playback singer Radhika Thilak died on Sunday evening at a private hospital in Kochi, according to reports.
Aged 45, Radhika was reportedly hospitalised a few days ago after she was suffering from fever. She had also been diagnosed with cancer, for which has been undergoing treatment for about two years. Her funeral reportedly took place on Monday.
The singer, who has sung about 70 film songs, debuted with "Pulkkodithumbilum" song in the film "Sangha Gaanam" in 1989. Some of the popular films, in which she has worked, include "Ottayalpattalam", "Guru", "Kanmadam", "Ravanaprabhu" and "Pranayam".
Some of the most popular songs sung by Radhika include 'Maayamanchalil' ('Ottayal Pattalam' - 1991), 'Devasangeetham' ('Guru' - 1997), 'Manjakilyude Moolipattunde' (Kanmadam - 1998) and 'Kaithapoo Manamenthe' (Sneham - 1998)
She has also sung 200 light music songs and several devotional songs. She became popular in the 1990s through Doordarshan and Akashavani.
Radhika did her schooling at Chinmaya Vidyalaya and college in St Teresa's College in Ernakulam. Her family includes husband Suresh and daughter Devika, who is also a singer. Singers Sujatha and G Venugopal are her relatives.
Meanwhile, celebrities have mourned the death of the playback singer.
Check out tweets and Facebook status from celebs and politicians:
Mohanlal paid homage to deceased singer Radhika Tilak
Kerala Chief Minister Oommen Chandy tweeted his condolences on Radhika's death.
— Oommen Chandy (@Oommen_Chandy) September 20, 2015
Oscar winning sound designer Resul Pookutty
RIP #RadhikaThilak, so sad to know that you left this world at such a young age.It feels unfair, my heartfelt condolences to the family!
— resul pookutty (@resulp) September 20, 2015
Singer G Venugopal, who is a relative of Radhika, paid homage to her
Singer KS Chithra
Entertainment industry tracker Sreedhar Pillai
— Sreedhar Pillai (@sri50) September 20, 2015
My first stage was with this amazing singer! This is such a shocking news!! RIP Radhika tilak
Sad to hear this news. May her soul rest in peace.
May her soul rest in peace. Shocking news. :(
Check out popular film songs sung by Radhika Thilak:
'Devasangeetham' in 'Guru'
'Thiruvaathira thiranokkiya' in 'Kanmadam'
'Maayamanchalil ithu vazhiye pokum thinkale' in 'Ottayal Pattalam'
'Kanana kuyilinu' in 'Mr Brahmachari'
'Kaithapoo Manamenthe' in 'Sneham'