Noted singer and freedom fighter Abdul Jabbar has passed away at Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University (BSMMU) following prolonged illness. He was 79.
He breathed his last at 9:27 am on Wednesday.
He left behind his wife, two sons, a daughter, a host of relatives and well-wishers to mourn his death.
Jabbar, who inspired freedom fighters as well as the nation during the Liberation War with his spirited songs, was at the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) of the BSMMU.
He has been at the ICU with chronic renal and cardiac complications since August 1, 2017. Besides, Jabbar was also suffering from other ailments like liver problems and heart disease.
Abdul Jabbar with his enthralling renditions inspired freedom fighters and the nation during the country's Liberation War in 1971.
The artiste of Swadhin Bangla Betar Kendra also donated money, collected through singing at different concerts, to the Liberation War fund during the war.
"Salam Salam Hajar Salam", "Joy Bangla Banglar Joy" and "Tumi Ki Dekheso Kobhu Jiboner Porajoy" are some of his most popular hits.
He was awarded Bangabandhu Padak (1973), Ekushey Padak (1980), Swadhinata Padak (1996) and different national and international awards.
Jabbar was born in Kushtia.He first took music lessons from Ustad Osman Gani and Ustad Lutful Haque. He became an enlisted singer of radio in 1958 and television in 1964.