Indian singer Manna Dey dies

Iconic Indian singer Manna Dey has died at the age of 94. The star passed away in hospital in Bangalore on Thursday morning (24Oct13) following a long battle with a respiratory infection.
One of the country’s most famous playback singers, he recorded vocals for thousands of songs for Bollywood movie soundtracks over a six-decade career.
During his 1960s heyday, he made up India’s ‘famous quartet of singers’ alongside Mohammad Rafi, Mukesh, and Kishore Kumar, and was renowned for being able to sing in several languages including Hindi, Bengali, Assamese, and Punjabi.
Dey was lauded throughout his career, receiving the Filmfare Lifetime Achievement Award, highly-regarded civil honour the Padma Bhushan, and India’s highest film prize, the Dadasaheb Phalke Award.
His funeral is expected to take place later on Thursday (24Oct13).