Manna Dey

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Legendary singer Manna Dey no more!

Singing legend Manna Dey, who was suffering from lung infection, died in Bangalore on Thursday. He was 94.

The singer was taken to the hospital on Wednesday after his health deteriorated. He has been in and out of hospital for the past few months.

"Manna Dey who was under treatment for the last four months breathed his last around 4am," KS Vasuki, a spoekesman Narayana Hrudayalaya said.

Dey, who started his playback career with 1943 film Tamanna, has sung nearly 3,500 songs in Hindi, Bengali, Gujarati, Marathi, Malayalam, Kannada and Assamese films.

His all-time hits include Sur na saje kya gaun main, Na to karanwa ki talash hai na to humsafar ki talash hain, Puchho na kaise maine rain bitayee, Laga chunari main daag, Aaja sanam madhur chandani mein hum, Dil ka haal sune dilwala, Ye raat bhigi bhigi, ye masta fijzayen, Jhanak jhanak tori baaje payaliya, Tu pyar ka saagar hai, Chunari sambhal gori udi chali jaye re and Ay meri Zohara.

The Dadasaheb Phalke Award, the country's highest honour in cinema, was given to the veteran singer in 2007. The Indian government has also honoured him with the Padma Shri in 1971 and the Padma Bhushan in 2005. He is survived by his two daughters.

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